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Native Heart
by Gabriel Horn

Paraview Special Editions, 2003
ISBN: 1931044554
Autobiography, 300 pages
Paperback, $15.95

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Excerpt From the Foreword to Native Heart


Where have we been? Where are we going? Why are we here?

I believed that writing Native Heart would serve as a living testimony that addressed these spiritual questions, not only regarding a nation or nations, but also in a very personal way. I believed that the most powerful statement that Native Heart makes is that a people, and a person, can retain integrity and dignity in the face of a systematic and genocidal assault on their culture, beliefs, and identity. I believed that the legacy of Native Heart would be to help provide a link with the previous generations of native hearts. I still believe.

I had hoped that Native Heart would create a greater and deeper understanding of an indigenous philosophy thatís in utter contrast to the mentality of civilizations that have inflicted an environmental holocaust on our world. I had hoped that Native Heart could help readers discover a more personal and compassionate philosophy. I had hoped that Native Heart would record some of the history that was, and still is, the United States of America. I had hoped that by witnessing South Africa grant freedom to its political prisoner, Nelson Mandela, the United States would free its Native American political prisoner of more than twenty-five years, Leonard Peltier. I still have hope.

When I reflect upon what I believe is the spirit of this autobiographical novel, when I consider the hopes and people that inspired its writing, when I take into account the conditions of our world as it exists today, I see a need to make Native Heart available to new readers, and I am grateful that Paraview Special Editions has made this possible.

May Native Heart continue to offer belief and hope to any reader who is prepared to take a journey through a life and into a heart that has been touched by the Great Mystery.

© Gabriel Horn 2003



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