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the new year
By Tom Lowe
A friend posted the image to the right on Facebook last week. I was intrigued, so I tried to find its origin. Its Wikipedia citation has it being published in 1989 by Viesti Associates, which currently is the name of a stock photo agency.
The commandments have struck a cord with quite a few people who have created art around them. Here’s a YouTube video:
Somehow the language seems more European philosophical, as another friend notes:
Having spent many years in the company of Native Americans, the written material doesn't ring true. I do not believe it was written by a native person.I wonder whether John G. Neihardt’s 1932 Black Elk Speaks, or the words of Chief Joseph, as quoted by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, provided inspiration. Whatever the source, they make a good basis for some New Year's resolutions.
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