Four Arrows ( Wahinkpe Topa)
aka Don Trent Jacobs, Ph.D, Ed.D
Indigenous Worldview Scholarship
Author of 23 books and numerous chapters, articles, peer-reviewed papers, and keynotes and the subject of a book by R.M. Fisher entitled Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows: A True Story of an Indigenous Based Social Transformer. Four Arrows ( Wahinkpe Topa) is internationally known for his work in cognitive anthropology ( worldview studies) , education, critical theory, and wellness.
In 2018, The Chicago Wisdom Project, 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.
Four Arrows's work provides a path to the future, a path of peace, with signposts from Indigenous world views that recognize that we are interconnected and are all members of one Earth family. Our highest duty, our Dharma , is living in harmony with all our relations." -
Vandana Shiva ,
Physicist, recipient of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize, the Right Livelihood Award, author of over 20 books,
"Outstanding scholarship...giant first steps toward the goal in the truthful and constructive understanding of Indigenous Worldview."- Daniel R. Wildcat
Professor of American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University
Books by Four Arrows
Restoring the Kinship Worldview:
Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth
“This book is the perfect place to start the foundations of good relations...”Tyson Yunkaporta, Deacon U., and author of Sand Talk
“A richly creative approach to teaching Indigenous wisdom...”—David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous
“An invaluable bundle of tenets and templates for the urgent project of decolonizng and rewilding our minds...”— Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., author of Soulcraft
The Red Road : Linking Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to Indigenous Worldvie
"Five hundred years of colonization has divided humanity, separated us from our relatives,
and reduced them to objects to be exploited for commerce and greed. We are now steeped
in multiple life threatening crises, and staring at extinction. The road of violence, extermination
and extinction has been paved by colonizing the land, diverse cultures, our minds and the future. The Red Road: Linking Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to Indigenous Worldview by Four Arrows provides a path to the future, a path of peace, with signposts from Indigenous world views that recognize that we are interconnected and are all members of one Earth family . Our highest duty, our Dharma, is living in harmony with all our relations."
Scholar, physicist, environmental activists and recipient of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize,
the Right Livelihood Award, Director of NAVDANYA and author of over 20 books, including
Oneness vs. the 1% and Who Really Feeds the World
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
THREE VOLUME SET
Shirley R. Steinberg - University of Calgary
Barry Down - Murdoch University
Section 5: Indigenous Ways of Knowing (Four Arrows and R. Michael Fisher, Section Editors
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.
Unlearning the Language of Conquest
Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America
"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
Differing World Views
“How refreshing...a libertarian and a progressive not trying to one-up each other but simply trying to understand one another respectfully...”—Dr. Ron Paul, Congressman
“Aside from the exciting and
often humorous dialogue
between these academic
"enemies," there is something
that happens between them
that our world needs.” – Mihir
Critical Neurophilosophy & Indigenous Wisdom
Four Arrows, Gerg Cajete, and Jongmin Lee
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.
The Bum's Rush
“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 understand and counter the bullying tactics of dishonest special interest groups and speakers.” – David Philips, founder of Earth Island Institute
“Don Jacobs is the antidote for a dose of Limbaugh.”—Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly
“Thank you for this book—Cecil Andrus, Governor of Idaho and Secretary of the Interior (under Carter Presidency)
Physical Fitness and the Fire Service
The first edition of this book,
Physical Fitness and the Fire Service, led to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) “Standard 1583, Standard for Health-Related Fitness Programs for Fire Department Members” (1982).
Getting Your Executive Fit
The 1981 publication (World/MacMillan) was the first text to describe the economic benefits of corporate sponsored employee fitness programs for businesses. This is the book version of my doctorate from CPU in Health Psychology.
The Shrimp Habit: Why It Is Devastating Our World and What You Can Do About It
Four Arrows with Brian Ellison
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
Sitting Bull's Words
For a World in Crisis
“This book packs a lot of wisdom into a small package.”—Sandra Waddock, Chair, Boston College School of Management, author of Intellectual Shamans.
“The real gift of this book is what it asks of us.” Margaret Wheatley, author of Who Do You Choose to Be et al.
“An extraordinary way to access Indigenous worldview..to help with our survival and healing” Cristina Gallego, Director of Birds of Passage, and Embrace of the Serpent
Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows
“Fisher has selected as his focus the
life of a remarkable man, Four
Arrows, a beacon of hope in an era of
confusion and fear. Fisher carefully
and expertly explains some of Four
Arrows’ most important contributions
to understanding the path toward
Fearlessness. He reminded me why
Four Arrows’ work has moved me so
greatly and why everyone should
know him.” Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D.,
Professor of Psychology, University
of Notre Dame, and author of
Embodied Morality et al.
“This biography tells the story of one
of the leading Indigenous educators in
North America. I have known Four
Arrows for many years and am
delighted that his journey and
contributions are presented in this
timely book. In these difficult times
his journey can inspire us to live
―John P. (Jack) Miller, Ph.D.,
professor and the coordinator of the
Curriculum Studies and Teacher
Development Program at the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education,
University of Toronto. Author of
"This enlightening book reminds us that the grim prognosis for life on this planet is the consequence of a few centuries of forgetting what traditional societies knew.. pay careful attention to their educational practices as brought to us in these thoughtful chapters."
—Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at MIT
“Educators should be paying attention to what Four Arrows offers in this book.”—Bill McKibben, distinguished scholar and founder of 360.org.
Point of Departure
Returning to Our More Authentic Worldview for Education and Survival
"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
The Authentic Dissertation
"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
The Last Song of the Whales
“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
“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
Hypnotic Communication in Emergency Medical Settings for Life-Saving and Therapeutic
This book is being edited and rereleased soon
Patient Communication For First Responders and EMS Personnel:The First Hour of Trauma
“This book should be studied carefully by all of us...the knowledge we absorb here may save many lives.”— David Cheek, M.D., author of The Psychobiology of Mind/Body Healing.
“This book presents an opportunity to develop patient care at a level previously unknown”— Thomas Elmendorf, M.D., former President of California Medical Association
“Valuable Information.” – Norman Cousins, UCLA, author of Anatomy of an Illness
First children’s book to expose false advertising on TV and motivate young children toward wellness: “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.
The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone
Four Arrows ( Don Trent Jacobs) and Jim Fetzer /
“Meticulous research...rigorous analysis...This book represents a tremendous collaboration in courage.— David Gabbard, Author of Knowledge and Power in the Global Economy
“Gripping and compelling... new evidence, scientific rigor and a disturbing conclusion...”—., author of Lincoln on Leadership