Books by Four Arrows

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Restoring the Kinship Worldview

Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) and  Darcia Narvaez

Selected speeches from Indigenous leaders around the world–necessary wisdom for our times, nourishment for our collective, and a path away from extinction toward a sustainable, interconnected future.

Indigenous worldviews, and the knowledge they confer, are critical for human survival and the wellbeing of future generations. Editors Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) and Darcia Narvaez present 28 powerful excerpted passages from Indigenous leaders, including Mourning Dove, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Winona LaDuke, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Accompanied by the editors’ own analyses, each chapter reflects the wisdom of Indigenous worldview precepts like:

   • Egalitarian rule versus hierarchical governance

   • A fearless trust in the universe, instead of a fear-based culture

   • The life-sustaining role of ceremony

   • Emphasizing generosity and the greater good instead of pursuing selfish goals and for personal gain

   • The laws of nature as the highest rules for living
The editors emphasize our deep need to move away from the dominant Western paradigm–one that dictates we live without strong social purpose, fails to honor the earth as sacred, leads with the head while ignoring the heart, and places individual “rights” over collective responsibility. Restoring the Kinship Worldview is rooted in an Indigenous vision and strong social purpose that sees all life forms as sacred and sentient–that honors the wisdom of the heart, and grants equal standing to rights and responsibilities.
Inviting readers into a world-sense that expands beyond perceiving and conceiving to experiencing and being, Restoring the Kinship Worldview is a salve for our times, a nourishment for our collective, and a holistic orientation that will lead us away from extinction toward an integrated, sustainable future.



The Red Road : Linking Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to Indigenous Worldview

  • Paperback

By (author)  Donald Trent Jacobs

The diversity and Inclusion movement in corporations and higher education has mostly fallen short of its most authentic goals. This is because it relies upon the dominant worldview that created and creates the problems it attempts to address. Rediscovering and applying our original Indigenous worldview offers a remedy that can bring forth a deeper and broader respect for diversity, and a different way to understand and honor it. This book offers a transformative learning opportunity for preserving diverse environments at every level, one that may be a matter of human survival.


The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies


Edited by:

         Shirley R. Steinberg - University of Calgary

         Barry Down - Murdoch University

Section 5: Indigenous Ways of Knowing   (Four Arrows and R. Michael Fisher, Section Editors)


"Outstanding scholarship. . . . Giant first steps towards the goal of providing a truthful and constructive understanding of indigenous worldviews."

—Daniel R. Wildcat, Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University


“Once in a while, a book comes along that holds your attention so well that you cannot put it down. This is such a book.”—Steve Newcomb, Co-founder of the Indigenous Law Institute

Featured in “The Missing Link” in “Bulletin: The Journal of the Institute of Noetic Sciences”


This book begins a long overdue dialogue between Western neuropsychology and Indigenous wisdom.

The latter holds that technology, including that which supports the neurosciences, is an important aspect of humanity, but that without a deeper understanding of the sacred, natural world, its consequences will continue to disrupt the balance of life on Earth


Sitting Bull's Words

For a World in Crisis

Moving backwards into the future, Four Arrows uses Sitting Bull’s words to begin a  transformative journey for the reader in behalf of future generations.  Using the meta-cognitive dehypnotizing strategy he calls the “CAT-FAWN Connection,” Four Arrows combines scientific information, clinical knowledge and Indigenous wisdom.

"The real gift of this book, small in size yet bounteous in teachings, is what it asks of us.  We must step forward with these teachings and do the work of self-transformation…  For me, this is the true inspiration of this book—Four Arrows trusts and respects us enough to make this journey with him. And what a journey it is!  We are guided with a powerful and well-tested process, the CAT-FAWN process, to reveal how we currently see our world and to consciously choose a new way of seeing.  For those of us with a longing to serve this troubled world, for those of us who realize it’s just our turn to serve, as others before us have done, this small book has great promise."--Margaret J. Wheatley,  author of 10 books, from Leadership and the New Science to Who Do We Choose To Be, and just released, A Warrior’s Songline.

In 2018, The Chicago Wisdom Conference selected Four Arrows's book, Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education,  as one of the top twenty education books of all time along side such distinguished authors as Neil Postman, Paulo Freire, John Dewey and others, 

Video done by students about using this book.


Indigenous Sustainable Wisdom: First Nation Know-how for Global Flourishing's contributors describe ways of being in the world that reflect a worldview that guided humanity for 99% of human history: They describe the practical traditional wisdom that stems from Nature-based relational cultures that were or are guided by this worldview. Such cultures did not cause the kinds of anti-Nature and de-humanizing or inequitable policies and practices that now pervade our world. 

“Point of Departure:

A powerful and wise prescription for healing ourselves and the planet.”—Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief


“Provides the impetus for the urgency of a return to a true pathway for our future survival.”—Greg Cajete, Director of Native American Studies, U of New Mexico

“What could be timelier in a new century that is lurching from one dramatic event to the next, than a text that encourages candidates to imagine an alternative approach to global problems? ... A timely text that has appeared at a stage in world history when ‘business as usual’ would appear to be a very dangerous pathway.”

—Dr. Christine Black, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management,

“I read this book with much interest. Teaching Virtues is a stimulating and thoughtful contribution.”—Noam Chomsky, MIT


This splendid book will help

 us bring to education one of 

the most neglected and

 abused resources of our continent...Everyone who 

reads this book with an open heart and mind will emerge wiser and stronger for the experience.—Parker J. Palmer, author of 

The Courage to Teach

“A most engaging presentation of this critical issue facing our world.”—Francine Cousteau, President of The Cousteau Society


“A profound insight about the urgency for a partnership with the whales.”— Algalita Marine Research Foundation 

At this critical moment in history, when so many people are struggling to live responsibly in relation to the Earth, this book will help honest individuals and organizations undersand and counter the bullying tactics of dishonest special interest groups and speakers. -- Earth Island Institute

The first edition of this book led to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Assocication) “Standard 1583, Standard for Health-Related Fitness Programs for Fire Department Members” 


“A warm and exciting story that can delight, educate and motivate young children. We had very positive results with first and second graders.”-- San Francisco University school District.

This book condenses into a quick read all you need or want to know about why the shrimp industry is destroying our oceans—Ocean Revolution

“Don Jacobs has uncovered the roots of indigenous psychology that all people share and that, once found, can lead to harmonious living.” –Eagle Man, author of Mother Earth Spirituality


Primal Awareness is compelling reading with a profound impact.—Dan  

Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior

The First book on the economic benefits of employee fitness programs.

“Invaluable information…”—Norman Cousins. UCLA School of Medicine, Author 

of Anatomy of an Illness


Dr. Jacobs’ approach presents an opportunity for patient care at level previously unknown.—Thomas Elmendorf, President California Medical 


American Assassination: 

The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone

By Four Arrows ( Don Trent Jacobs) and Jim Fetzer / Release date Oct.2004

Although no one can prove exactly what happened in the events leading to Wellstone’s death, these two Ph.D.s point out the official story’s inconsistencies and deliberate omissions. With a methodical argument, they present evidence of an official cover-up, a compelling motive for Wellstone’s assassination, and a more probable explanation for how Senator Wellstone was downed. Click to read a press release........Read a review by David Griffin author of The New Pearl Harbor

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