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Ralph Nader, consumer advocate
"A brilliant, gripping narrative of the corporate state's brutality to the land of its First Natives and the
valiant ones who are resisting and rebuilding their culture and identity."
Whole Earth, Winter 1999
"This is the book I would have used had it existed 35 years ago. Eight portraits of Native-American
peoples refusing to make distinctions among spirit, politics, land, and all life. A sense of faith and
deep continuity on Turtle Island, our continent ravaged by invasion and time.... No ragtag remnants
of lost cultures here. Strong voices of old, old cultures bravely trying to make sense of an Earth in
This eagerly awaited non-fiction debut by acclaimed Native Environmental activist Winona LaDuke
is a thoughtful and in-depth account of Native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation.
LaDuke's unique understanding of Native ideas and people is born from long years of experience,
and her analysis is deepened with inspiring testimonies by local Native activists sharing the struggle
for survival. On each page of this volume, LaDuke speaks forcefully for self-determination and
community. Hers is a beautiful and daring vision of political, spiritual, and ecological transformation.
All Our Relations features chapters on the Seminoles, the Anishinaabeg, the Innu, the Northern
Cheyenne, and the Mohawks, among others.
About the Author:
Winona LaDuke lives on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota and is an enrolled member of the
Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg. She is the Project Director of the Honor the Earth Fund and
Campaign Director for the White Earth Land Recovery Project. In 1994, LaDuke was named by
Time as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. In the 1996 presidential
campaign, she served as Ralph Nader's running mate in the Green Party. In 1997, with the Indigo
Girls, she was named a Ms. Woman of the Year. LaDuke received the Reebok Human Rights
Award in 1998.
Watch the fire, nurture it, and it will feed your soul and warm your body. Leave the fire, and it may
get away from you. That lesson is worth remembering. The Panther Clan of the Seminole Nation
consider the Florida panther their closest animal relative. There are only about fifty of these panthers
left. Both the panther and the Seminole have fought for their land and they intend to remain there.
But industrialization and the drive for profit are squeezing the lifeblood out of the Everglades, and it's
not possible for the Seminole and panther alone to change that. Two hundred years ago, the
Seminoles and the animals had most of the Everglades to themselves. Blooming flowers of every
shape and color were intertwined with the textured green of shrubs, grasses, and trees. Small hills
rose among the great waterways, in whose fertile soils the Seminoles planted small gardens. In their
massive dugout canoes, they travelled as far as Cuba and the Bahamas. At home, they prayed for
and feasted on fish and animals, and made their shelter from the great cypress swamps and palm
trees. From other plants they made their medicines, and each day they gave thanks to the Creator
for their way of life. To the Seminole, like other Indigenous people, the way of life is a ceremony in
itself, and they acknowledge it historically and today through a language called Hitchiti. The
Seminoles, it is said, had once been closely affiliated with the Creeks. Their name, Seminoles, came
from a Creek word meaning "runaway," or "wild," or alternatively, "people of the distant fire." When
they decided to keep to themselves, they started an independent, village-based system of
governance. But their land was coveted. First by the Spaniards, who imagined a Fountain of Youth
amidst the sea of grass, pink flamingos, blue herons, and brilliantly colored birds, and then by the
Americans, who, as time would tell, coveted all.
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