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Full Voice by Barbara McAfee

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What is life? It is the flashof a firefly in the night. It isthe breath of a buffalo in thewintertime. It is the littleshadow which runs acrossthe grass and loses itselfin the sunset.

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chapter oneVoice, Instinct, and the Oral Traditiona context for voice

Our voices carry a rich legacy. How we speak and listen today has emerged from the long unfolding story of human history. In her book The Four-Fold Way, cultural anthropologist and author Angeles Arrien suggests that indigenous wisdom and practices have an essential role to play in restoring our balance with each other and the earth. She discovered that voice—as expressed in song, sound, breath, story, and even silence—is a vital element in indigenous ...

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