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Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows

The True Story of an Indigenous-Based Social Transformer


R. Michael Fisher

In times of extreme cascading global crises facing humanity, all responsible humans need to re-evaluate the dominant worldview that has brought us to this point of facing extinction. As a species we need to relearn the "good" ways from our greatest allies in Nature and from Indigenous cultures that lived in relative harmony with Nature. Equally, we need to learn the best ways to think critically and act on the holistic understanding that may guide us beyond our individual and collective trance and illusions cast forth like chains upon modern societies through elites who manipulate fear.

Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows offers a unique strong "medicine" for the reconstruction of a healthy, sane, and sustainable future for all. Utilizing the form of an intellectual biography of Four Arrows (aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs) and his daring activist life and true teaching stories, the author creates a powerful adventure into the firey philosophy, activism, and emancipatory inspirations of one of the world’s great visionary prophetic educators and social transformers. Through a number of unique experiences, including firefighting, white-water kayaking, wild horse training, world-class athletic competitions, and counter-cultural activism, Four Arrows has become a connoisseur of fear and courage. This book shows how he walks a universal ethical path of Fearlessness at a time when too many remain trapped by their fears.

Among other readers, high school teachers and post-secondary teachers across diverse disciplines will find great ideas, eliciting dialogues and study questions for students, who now face a globalizing world where they can take charge of the future via fearless engagement.

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Opening Prayer


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First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to the Creator of all good things. I wish to acknowledge the beauty of all your Creation and all that is interconnected in this dance of life. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity of having one more day to walk upon Sacred Mother Earth in this manner. Thank you for this good health you have imparted upon us. We accept with reverence our sacred journey in this earth walk. The task you have given to your Child Michael has been completed and now we humbly ask you that you open the doorways so the message can safely travel to where it needs to go. We humbly ask that it may be received in a manner that is healing to whoever reads it and stimulates the desire to forward this message to others. We understand that we are all contributors to the unfolding of the universe under your guiding hand and remain your humble servants. We humbly ask the wisdom of the grandmothers and grandfathers of the four directions, who are your helpers to assist with the delivery of this very important message and facilitate the process of readers to actually feel the energy of the message in all four aspects of their being, Spiritual, Mental, Physical and Emotional. And lastly but certainly not least we thank you for the coming generations who wisely follow in your footsteps and leave milestones, which will guide others for the next...

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