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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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Be it courage as Maya Angelou suggested1 or fearlessness as the Bhagavad Gita promotes,2 both are highly valued in the work of Four Arrows (aka Dr. Don Trent Jacobs). Both sources, like Four Arrows, claim they are foundational as the primary virtues required before the other virtues can be developed or practiced well. They serve as potent universal criteria for assessing basic morality, health, maturity, sanity and sustainable humanity—now threatened, while situated in the deep cascading global crises of the 21st century. Yet, we modern humans suffer, at times near paralyzed by fear, because generally neither authentic courage nor Fearlessness as taught by Four Arrows are understood or nourished sufficiently by the vast majority.

Along comes a contemporary elder, who stands out in critical consciousness, adding a call for a revised worldview and virtue-foundation, adding the keenest observational skills of a critical Indigenous-based educator, hypnotherapist and social reformer/transformer. In particular circles—in the fields of critical theory, holistic and Indigenous education, worldview studies and moral/character education—Four Arrows is well-known3 and sought after as an inspirational leader and dynamic guest speaker at conferences around the world. He fervently teaches, “[I]t is time for people to break through their illusions.”4 An up-graded critical consciousness is required—similar to, yet expanding upon conscientização as the Latin American liberation educator Paulo Freire called it.5 ← 1 | 2 →

Not by any means a household name or recognized by most mainstream educators, professionals or...

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