Two Ravens

The Life and Teachings of a Spiritual Warrior
By (author) Louis Two Ravens Irwin
By (author) Robert Liebert
Two Ravens
The Life and Teachings of a Spiritual Warrior
By (author) Louis Two Ravens Irwin
By (author) Robert Liebert

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Pages : 176

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892815715

Imprint : Destiny Books

On Sale Date : September 01, 1996

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 22 b&w photographs

Two Ravens joined Leonard Peltier, Leonard Crow Dog, and others in their struggle against discrimination. But these efforts left him censured both by white law enforcement and fellow Native Americans who supported a more conservative agenda, and he fell into alcoholism and despair. Only when he returned to the traditional ways he learned from his grandfather did he discover how to unite the warrior and the healer.
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About Two Ravens

This is the story of a remarkable Native American who through his own life struggles learned to unite the paths of warrior and healer. Two Ravens was taught the traditional healing ways of his Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arickara people by his grandfather, knowledge which served him well in his dealings with the hostile white society he later encountered. After years of rampant discrimination and racism, he became a warrior in the fight for the rights of his people He joined the efforts of Leonard Peltier, Leonard Crow Dog, Frank Clearwater, and many other prominent leaders to ensure that his people might live in peace and with respect. But the constant battles often left Two Ravens censured both by fellow Native Americans who supported a more conservative political agenda and white law enforcement agencies who considered him an outlaw. Pulled between different worlds, he struggled against alcoholism and despair. It was only when he returned to his grandfather's teachings that he discovered a way to join the paths of the warrior and the healer. In the years before his death, Two Ravens worked as a substance abuse counselor and spiritual advisor, helping others integrate Native American traditions into their lives in contemporary America. 

Offers personal insights from a Native American who worked with the American Indian Movement from its inception 

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Foreword by Robert Liebert

Prologue: The Flood


1. Old Days at Nishu
2. Mission School
3. Into The Badlands
4. Trial by Fear
5. Black Road
6. The Angry Warrior
7. Filling in the Holes
8. The Gift
9. Beneath the Sacred Tree
10. The Blackmouth
11. Building a Bridge

Epilogue: Shaking Hands with the Great Chiefs

Appendix A: Walking the Sacred Circle

Appendix B: In the Lodge of Purification
Author Bio
Louis Two Ravens Irwin (1933-1995) was Robert Liebert's mentor for more than eight years. A writer and herbalist, Liebert is also author of Osage Life and Legends. He lives in Missouri. 
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Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"This work is riveting in its telling from a Native American point of view--what it feels like to be an outsider with traditions and values not respected in the dominant culture. Irwin provides an enlightened look at how to reconnect to the spirit is essential to happiness in this world, regardless of culture or race."

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NATIVE AMERICAN / BIOGRAPHY

“Louie was a longtime friend, comrade, spiritual advisor, and brother. He inspired me every day, helped me to survive in this nightmare place just by being my friend and advisor. I hope that his example can be a lesson learned by our People, especially our young. Those of us in the prisons, participating in the sweat lodges, pray for him and speak of how we miss his company. I have been blessed simply by being given the chance to know him.”
--Leonard Peltier, Native American activist, Leavenworth Penitentiary

Two Ravens is an inspiring view of a contemporary Native American warrior. Louie was a builder of understanding between Native and non-Native Americans. To Two Ravens: it was an honor and a pleasure.”
--Valerian Three Irons, Sun Dance Chief

This is the life story of a remarkable Native American who learned to unite the paths of warrior and healer. Louis Two Ravens Irwin was taught the traditional healing ways of his Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arickara people by his grandfather, knowledge that served him well in his dealings with the hostile white society he later encountered.

After years of experiencing rampant discrimination and fighting in a white man’s war, he became a warrior in the fight for the rights of his people, working with the American Indian Movement (AIM) from its inception and taking part in the two-month siege at Wounded Knee. He joined the efforts of Leonard Peltier, Russell Means, Leonard Crow Dog, and many other prominent leaders to ensure that his people might live in peace and with respect.

Considered an outlaw by the government and even by many of his own people, Two Ravens also struggled against alcoholism and despair and with his own bitterness toward the white race. To find balance, Two Ravens had to walk the difficult road back to the Old Ways, to the teachings of the sweat lodge and the Sun Dance, which show the sacred relationship between all creatures. In doing so, he learned to heal his pain and anger and discovered ways to share his new sense of inner peace. In the years before his death, Two Ravens worked as a substance abuse counselor and spiritual advisor, helping others integrate Native American traditions into their lives in contemporary America.

LOUIS TWO RAVENS IRWIN (1933-1995) was Robert Liebert’s mentor for more than eight years. A writer and herbalist, Liebert is also the author of Osage Life and Legends. He lives in Ava, Missouri.

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