Book Reviews -- All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture / Creation's Journey: Native American Identity and Belief

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All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture. Washington: National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian, 1994.

Creation's Journey: Native American Identity and Belief. Washington: National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian, 1994.

Few books are going to do more to further the commendable purpose of explaining Native American culture and philosophy than these two that is, as the editors of All Roads Are Good say, to "bring the essential voices of native peoples themselves to the interpretation of our cultures and the things we have made." For this purpose 23 native people from throughout the Western hemisphere were chosen to express their own and their nation's thoughts and accomplishments. Much of the mysticism of Native Americans is revealed in the Roads volume, their close association of material objects and actions with the mystical. The comments of each of the 23 people are beautifully illustrated with four-color photographs.

In many ways Creation's Journey, edited by Tom Hill and Richard W. …