|aNo word for time :|bthe way of the Algonquin people /|cby Evan T. Pritchard.
|aSan Francisco :|bCouncil Oak Books,|cc2001.
|axxv, 290 p. :|bmap ;|c18 cm.
|a"Updated and including a new afterword"--Cover.
|aIncludes bibliographical references.
|a"In No Word for Time, Evan T. Pritchard, a descendant of the Micmac people as well as a scholar, tells how he set out to learn more about his own native traditions through Algonquin speech - an intricate and beautiful metaphoric language that, like so many native languages around the globe - is fast disappearing. The Algonquin - once a vast nation, and still a potent spiritual force - "don't write in metaphor, they speak it; they don't recite poetry, they live it." Where there is "no word for time," life moves with the rhythms of nature, and the dominant culture's "time equals money, money equals good" equation is superceded by a philosophy that prizes the beauty of spoken language, community, and respect for the earth."--BOOK JACKET.
No Word for Time has garnered superlatives from reviewers and influentual Native American figures, who have declared it one of the finest books on Native American spirituality ever written. Evan Pritchard, a descendent of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations), aimed to learn more about his own native traditions through studying the language of the Algonquin, the key to their worldview: "They don't write in metaphor, they speak it; they don't recite poetry, they live it." The tribes collectively named "Algonquin" once occupied large stretches of North America, and their influence on our culture is vast. This edition includes a new index and afterword; a pronunciation key to the Algonquin language; a comprehensive map of the Algonquin world; a list of the major Algonquin nations and what they call themselves; and the Seven Points of Respect for Native American Ceremonies.