A TIME BEFORE DECEPTION:
Truth in Communication, Culture, and Ethics
Foreword by Dr. Fox Tree
Epilogue by Chief Oren Lyons
Pages: 224 (19) photographs
ISBN: 978-0940666597 (cloth) $24.95
ISBN: 978- 0940666894 (paper) $14.95
"Here is a treasure of knowledge, insight, and especially inspiration for all who have an interest in ethical, 'authentic' communication, beyond the Native American cultures which provide both context and model...a call to learn from Indigenous Peoples...a journey of the heart as well as the mind."
--Professor David L. Smith Emmy award winning PBS Producer
IN THIS AGE OF LIES IT'S COMFORTING TO KNOW THERE WAS A TIME OF TRUTH
In his ground breaking exploration of the forms, meanings, and ethics of Indigenous communication, Cooper presents evidence that Native cultures may have originated from higher--not more "primitive"--civilizations. Looking beneath the surface of tribal communication, Cooper describes practices of tribal cultures worldwide and examines more specifically the communication ethic of the Dine (Navajo) of northern Arizona and the Shuswap people of British Columbia, with both of whom he lived for several months. What he finds is the deeper significance of communication for these early Americans: it is at once the embodiment of truth, the expression of gratitude to the Creator, and the vehicle for maintaining harmony with the natural world.
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