Some Excerpts from Reviews
"Schlegel went into the Philippine rainforest looking for a dissertation; what he found was a way of life and a people that continue to speak to him more than thirty years later. In their honesty, love, and simplicity, the Teduray embody values that we seem to have left behind on the road to an environmental and interpersonal wasteland.Wisdom from a Rainforest is a small marvel."
--Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History
"It is refreshing to encounter a contemporary anthropologist whose understanding of another culture is born out of deep respect and experiential knowledge."
--Helena Norberg-Hodge, author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh
"Guided by the depth of the human heart and soul, Stuart Schlegel provides a stunning revelation, a fascinating story, and a profoundly important opportunity for us to see that human life can be something more wonderful than Western culture has yet imagined."
--John Robbins, author of Reclaiming Our Health
"The deeply human qualities of indigenous tribal peoples of the world, their insight into the mysteries of life, their gracious manner, their willingness to assist, to share what little they possess; these qualities all find expression with the Teduray people of Mindanao. I hope that Wisdom from a Rainforest will be widely read. Here we learn with unique clarity the realities of what we can achieve as human beings in ourselves and in our relations with each other."
--Thomas Berry, author of Dream of the Earth
"Wisdom from a Rainforest is a wonderful book, a rare combination of scholarship and insight, a work that demonstrates our human capacity, given half a chance, to live in partnership rather than domination with one another and our natural habitat. It is also a profoundly moving personal story chronicling a remarkable man's intellectual, emotional, and spiritual journey."
--Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade.
"A book of uncommon excellence. Immensedly readable and engrossing, it integrates the personal, spiritual, and social. Autobiographical, anthropological and cross-cultural, it is an introduction to another world and a subversion of our own."
--Marcus Borg, Hundere Professor of Religion and Culture, Oregon State University
"Original and stimulating, Wisdom From a Rainforest is an insightful and deeply moving book. In a well-written, non-technical sytle, Schlegel discusses Teduray culture and worldview with sympathy, love and understanding, making his own interaction with the group and integral part of the description. He weaves his reflections on his two-year stay with the Teduray into his account of life with family, friends, religious and university colleagues, and his struggle to become a better person as a result of the profound lessons he learned from these "simple" hunting and gathering swidden people. . . Of the highest social science order, yet
--Mary Racelis, President, Community Organizers Multiversity, Philippines; Professorial Lecturer in Sociology, Ateneo de Manila University and the
University of the Philippines
"Schlegel gives us a tremendously moving portrait of a remarkable, peaceful society. With this, he weaves the story of his own personal transformation,
describing how life with the Teduray touched him to his core. This is a difficult, humbling task that Schlegel takes on, but he does it brilliantly. Wisdom From a Rainforest is destined to take its place among the great works of ethnography leading to personal enlightenment and catharsis."
--Jerry Mander, author of In the Absence of the Sacred
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