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"The most profound truth in the universe is this: we are all one drum and we need each other"
At the time of his death, Ojibway author, Richard Wagamese had been working on this book, One Drum, in which he planned to share stories and ceremonies illustrating the Seven Grandfather teachings, the foundations of Ojibway teachings. Sadly, he was only able to complete three before he passed but his writings about them are beautiful, moving, and profound. He illustrates each with a story based on Ojibway lore as well as examples from his own life. He describes four ceremonies that all people can perform to help them better connect with the planet. There are also photographs that add to the quiet wisdom of the book.
This is a fairly short book and, understandably, ends somewhat abruptly and open-ended. I could easily have read it quickly but instead, I read it slowly savouring the beauty of Wagamese's writing and because there is so much here to absorb. It is that rare book I know I will return to again and again and I recommend it highly.
Thanks to Edelweiss+ and Douglas & McIntyre for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review