Here's some books that I love! Many of them are the ones that I use when I teach my workshop and trainings. Please note: I've linked them to Amazon for your convenience, but I wholeheartedly recommend using a local independent bookstore when you can. It keeps them in business and helps keep our communities unique and vibrant.
Buffalo Woman Comes Singing by Brooke Medicine Eagle
Brooke is a wonderful teacher & healer. This book is part autobiography, part incredibly useful & practical exercises to connect deeply with yourself, your spirit and the earth. Brooke's teachings are a foundational cornerstone in my outlook on the world and my understanding of my life's path. For more info on her, her books & CD's visit http://www.medicine-eagle.com
I LOVE this book. There is no other book that so clearly spells that Western Science is just one of many different, but equally valid, ways of perceiving and processing information about the world around us. My copy is completely dog-eared and underlined. It's a treasure.
Seven Arrows by Hyemeyohsts-Storm
I read this book when I was writing the songs for my first CD "From that Far." It's a series of teachings wrapped up in stories.The idea of landscapes (and all of life) being filled with metaphors that can teach us about ourselves and our lives runs strong throughout. It's a dreamy kind of book & will work its spell on you, forever shifting your perspective of the world around you.
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
First published in 1949, I came across this book when I was a teenager taking field trips for teens with our local Audubon center. It's a must have for every person interested in our relationship to the land, our land ethic. Completely relevant today, it's quotable and very readable. There's deep wisdom on every page.
Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems
Mary Oliver writes about personal connection to nature in a way that brings me back to my center in a heartbeat. Her imagery is stunning and her ideas are easily accessible, even when you're sleepy. All her books are wonderful and this is a good collection to start with.
Out There Somewhere by Simon Ortiz
Wonderful poems. I often read "Land and Stars, The Only Knowledge" ( page 99) in my workshops.