A UNIQUE AND SIGNIFICANT UFO DOCUMENT
A noted American Indian researcher offers up a collection of intimate narratives of encounters between contemporary American Indians and the Star People. The first person accounts, described as conscious experiences and recalled without the aid of hypnosis, reveal a worldview that unquestionably accepts the reality of the Star People. The stories also reveal cultures that almost universally regard Star People as ancestors, which allows for interactions that take place without fear and helps explain the uniqueness of the encounters and experiences.
The stories are told by people from all walks of life. Some had graduate degrees; others had never attended school. Some were adept at technology; others had never used a cell phone, owned a computer or a television set. A few of the stories are about events that occurred before the 1947 Roswell incident, however, the majority of the events took place between 1990 and 2010. This book significantly contributes to the knowledge about UFOs from a group that until now have mostly remained silent. For readers, it is likely they will never look at the UFO phenomenon in the same way again
DR. ARDY SIXKILLER CLARKE, a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University, has dedicated her life and career to working with indigenous populations. She is the author of several children’s books and the bestselling Sisters in the Blood. While retired from academia, Dr. Clarke continues to work as a consultant to American Indian tribes and indigenous communities worldwide. She maintains a blog, a poetry page, and a photo gallery entitled “A Day in the Life,” which embodies the beauty of Mother Earth and her creatures, at www.sixkiller.com.
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A very entertaining read. Also intriguing for me as I have always taken a keen interest in rock art of the world. I was constantly comparing descriptions of star beings to my mental files of rock art images from here in Montana, and more so from where I've visited in the southwest. That was very stimulating.
I did feel that, instead of enjoying the voice of her varied cast of subjects, I was hearing the author's voice or tone the whole time. The vocabulary and articulation did not always seem to fit the people she interviewed. This may have been a result of her need to compile stories into a manageable length, thereby filtering them through her conversational mannerisms. Still, I would've rather heard the spectrum of tone, grammar, and colloquialisms that should result from such a collection of interviews. The people in the book would've had more depth had their true voices been allowed to shine through - from college-educated articulation to the simplest conventions of language. I have more white friends than native friends (and all of them are unique in their speech choices) so I was looking forward to a more authentic exposure to all of the different people in the book. Also, each encounter began to feel formulaic in small ways - such as always having the food and drink of each meeting described to us (which began to feel like a device that was saying, "Look! Here is a mundane detail that will lend more authenticity to this encounter!").
I was going to leave my rating at three stars because of the above - but I bumped it to four because of the very rare perspective that is afforded to non-tribal people. Any extra glimpses we can have of the cultures of the world can only lead to greater understanding - and with greater understanding comes less animosity. Whether one interprets the stories in this book as completely crazy, Gospel truth, or a mixed bag, the chance that it may lead to a deeper understanding of how humans interpret our complex world is worth all the stars in the universe.