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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre (July 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553653645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553653646
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 14.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on March 13 2011
Format: Paperback
The title isn't that catchy, but it is a worth while purchase! Each chapter is a mini story of an event that happened in his life. If you know Ontario, then you'll enjoy reading about the different places where he lived. Each story has a message on it's own, and I would recommend this for any teacher incorporating Native studies into their curriculum. Or even a story with a lesson about how to treat each other. It is written with humour, so the laughs are no stop and memorable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 3 2013
Format: Paperback
"That's what this journey is all about - to learn to express yourself as whom you were created to be."
Mr. Wagamese
was raised in foster homes and by his adoptive family till he struck out on his own at 16. He was rootless and searching for a sense of belonging.

During his life so far, he has met a wide variety of people who have had significant impacts upon him. This book shares these glimpses into his life and the significance of these people.
A pivotal point seems to occur when he meets John Thunder Rock, who teaches him that first you have to be a good human being. Through that he will learn to be a good man. Only then can he be the good Indian that he has always wanted to be. That it isn't the wearing of Indian clothing that makes him into a good Indian.

There are dozens of shaping moments/messages contained within these covers. Many brought tears to my eyes and a catch in my throat. Particularly the passage when Richard meets his grandfather for the first time. I can't even imagine the impact that would have had on him. It did cause me to reflect on my relationship with my grandparents and the varying roles they have played in my life and my development.

This book is best read in little bits, each section savoured and enjoyed. Meditate of them if you chose. I had to rush through as I borrowed it from the library, but I will be ordering my own copy to which I plan to add my own comments and a few photos that were brought to mind by the reminiscences.
There is so much wisdom contained within the pages of "One Native Life" that I know I will be coming back to various passages again and again. With a lot of help and guidance, Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy Lewis on March 17 2013
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I found this book inspiring and beautifully written. The gentleness and beauty of spirit of the author shine through all the stories. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brigitte Bilodeau on Jan. 20 2014
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Everyone should read and have a copy of this book. Beautiful, down to earth, and stories that needed sharing. Amazing!
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