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THE GREAT WOLF AND LITTLE MOUSE SISTER DVD
(ISBN 1-896905-35-8) $ 19.99
(2 part video 25 minutes)

This award-winning semi-animated video depicts Phillip and Martha, a brother and sister who go for a walk in the woods with their grandfather. As they walk, their grandfather teaches them valuable lessons about life by drawing their attention to different aspects of the natural world around them. After they arrive at the home of another elder, they hear the traditional native story, "The Great Wolf and Little Mouse Sister." Beautifully and sensitively presented, this two-part video has been carefully prepared to teach positive, life-enhancing values to children and adults.

THE GREAT WOLF AND LITTLE MOUSE SISTER:

Integrated Language Arts Guide
(ISBN 1-896905-13-7) $ 9.99

This 43-page guide utilizes 24 exercises designed to promote speaking and writing fluency and to develop listening and writing skills for upper elementary students of all cultural backgrounds. Designed to accompany the "Great Wolf and Little Mouse Sister" video, the exercises are divided into pre-viewing activities, a viewing focus, immediate follow-up activities, and additional follow-up activities. Teaching strategies include guided discussion, sharing circles, guided imagery, creative writing, and art projects. Also included are exercises in word-webbing, spelling, capitalization and word classification.
 

WALKING WITH GRANDFATHER SIX PART DVD -
(87 minutes)
(ISBN 1-896905-37-4) $ 50.00

In the introductory live action segment, five children visit their grandfather at his wilderness camp and learn more about Native North Americans: their traditional dwellings, their contributions to North American society and basic values and beliefs shared by indigenous people across North America. The remaining five semi-animated stories, each with a live action beginning and end, teach the children how to get along with each other and the world around them. Each story comes from a different tribal society, providing a beautiful example of the rich storytelling heritage of each tribal context.

WALKING WITH GRANDATHER CURRICULUM GUIDE
(ISBN 1-896905-02-1) $ 12.00

The curriculum guide which accompanies this series of stories demonstrates how the stories can be used in a student-centered language arts program to reinforce curriculum objectives such as identifying characteristics of a myth, understanding and using symbols, understanding causal relationships, and mastering figurative language. Teaching strategies include creative writing, discussion, art projects, mime and role play. The Walking With Grandfather curriculum package is suitable for upper elementary students from any cultural background
 

WALKING WITH GRANDFATHER CURRICULUM PACKAGE
*****Includes 6 part video and curriculum guide
(ISBN 1-896905-04-08) $ 54.95

THE SACRED TREE CURRICULUM PACKAGE
(ISBN 1-896905-30-7) $ 550.00

The Sacred Tree Curriculum Package is designed to assist educators to lead a group of learners through a journey of self-exploration and personal development. The goal of the journey is to assist teachers and learners to discover their potentialities as human beings and to become motivated to dedicate their energies to the positive development of themselves and their fellow human beings. The journey begins with a social research project focusing on the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse in the learner’s home community. It then goes on to demonstrate how the medicine wheel can be used as a symbol to learn about personal growth and interpersonal communication. A central resource for the Sacred Tree Curriculum Package is TheSacred Tree student text.. The book is designed as a text for junior and senior high school students and adults, but many will find it a useful and enjoyable addition to their general library. The Sacred Tree Curriculum Package consists of a curriculum guide, a class set of student texts (25 copies), four videos, seven resource books, posters and other visual aids.

*****All materials are also sold separately

The Sacred Tree Curriculum Guide
(ISBN 1-896905-32-3) $ 48.00

THE SACRED TREE BOOK
(ISBN 1-896905-00-5) $12.00

This beautifully illustrated book presents many of the universal concepts and teachings handed down through the ages in Native societies throughout North America concerning the nature, purpose and possibilities of human existence. The book uses the ancient symbol of the medicine wheel as a mirror which reflects not only what a person is, but also what they might become through the development of their potentialities.


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THE SACRED TREE BOOK- Spanish Edition
(ISBN 956-7509-01-8) $12.00

THE SACRED TREE ACTIVE JOURNEY WORKSHOP: In-service Handbook for the Sacred Tree Curriculum Package
(ISBN 1-896905-26-9) $ 32.50

This two-day workshop is designed to familiarize teachers with the learning strategies used in The Sacred Tree Curriculum Package and to give them the opportunity to directly experience the benefits of these exercises. The handbook is self-explanatory and can be used by a consultant or staff member to guide colleagues through activities like talking circles, laughter and play, games, guided visualization and journal writing. At the end of the session, teachers should feel comfortable enough with "The Sacred Tree Curriculum Package" to begin using it effectively with their students.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY - Promoting An Understanding and Appreciation of the Human Family - (Junior and senior high level)
(ISBN 1-896905-34-X) $ 795.00

A comprehensive multicultural education program including an extensive curriculum guide; a student text; masters for student worksheets; five videos, books, games, puzzles, posters and a map. The curriculum is divided into four units: 1. Human Problems Need Human Solutions; 2. The Roots and Dynamics of Prejudice; 3. Images of Indians; and 4. Strategies for Change. Seventeen teaching/learning strategies have been used to develop tolerance and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination. These include guided discussions, role plays, cooperative learning, audio-visual materials, taking action, creative writing, the arts, research projects, collaborative problem solving, and case studies. Case studies highlight issues concerning to many North American minority groups including Hutterites, Japanese, Ukrainian, the disabled, Mennonites, women, East Indian and Native North Americans. This program is suitable for students of all cultural backgrounds.

Unity in Diversity Student Reading Book
(ISBN 1-896905-38-2) $ 25.00

 

Unity in Diversity Curriculum Guide
(ISBN 1-896905-36-6) $ 65.00

IMAGES OF INDIANS CURRICULUM PACKAGE
(ISBN 1-896905-05-06) $ 145.00

(Curriculum guide, student resource pages, Images of Indians video (160 minutes), map, books, videos, posters). Unit 3 of the Unity in Diversity package is offered separately for schools wanting only the in-depth case studies of Native issues. This program examines how stereotypes and Hollywood’s depiction of Native North Americans perpetuate prejudice; how the movie industry’s misrepresentation of Native history, customs and language affects everybody; contemporary Native issues; how Native tribes have contributed to North American Life; and the effect of government policies on "the Indian problem" during settlement times.

Images of Indians Curriculum Guide
(ISBN 1-896905-29-3) $ 52.00

Images of Indians DVD
(160 minutes ISBN 1-896905-33-1) $ 50.00


SPECIAL FEATURE

ALL MY RELATIONS - Traditional Indian Code of Ethics
(ISBN 0-9680464-0-1) $ 5.00
This booklet is based on The Sacred Tree and was produced and illustrated by the students of Pleasant Hill Community School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

WATERLILY (227 pages)
(ISBN # 0-8032-6579-4) $ 18.00

Waterlily is a novel of Indian Life - of the Dakotas. But apart from dealing with an actual people at a more-or-less-identifiable time and place, it has little in common with the conventional historical fiction centered on famous people and major events. This outstanding book was written by Ella Deloria, herself a Dakota and an accomplished ethnologist, who sought to record and preserve traditional Dakota ways through this imaginative recreation of life in the camp circle. It is of special value because it is told from a woman’s perspective – one that is much less well known than the warrior’s or the holy man’s. More fully and compellingly than any ethnological report, and with equal authority, it reveals the intricate system of relatedness, obligation, and respect that governed the world of all Dakotas as it takes the protagonist, Waterlilly, through the everyday and the extraordinary nary events of a Dakota woman’s experience.


PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT MATERIAL FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

EFFECTIVE SCHOOL BASED PREVENTION PROGRAMS:

A Handbook
(ISBN 1-896905-01-3) $ 10.00

Designed to support Native alcohol and drug abuse prevention curricula for schools or community programs, this handbook describes 10 components of an effective prevention curriculum including decision-making, self-esteem, coping, volition, cultural values, positive role models and training for school staff. A detailed list of resources has been presented specifically for their appropriateness for Native students.

MOVING TOWARDS WHOLENESS: A Substance Abuse Prevention Training Manual for Educators Working With Native Students
(ISBN # 1-896905-40-4) $ 54.00

Substance abuse cannot be surgically removed from an individual or community. Prevention education must have a wholistic approach. The training session outlined in this manual provides educators with a basic model for a school-based prevention program involving parents, the community, resource people and teachers. More suggestions for getting started are outlined in the Handbook for Effective School-Based Prevention Programs.

LEARNING FOR LIFE: A Social Skills Training Program For Young Adolescents
(ISBN 1-896905-42-0) $ 16.00

This 100-page manual draws on three prevention strategies: influencing normative values; teaching skills that help youth counter social pressures, and teaching general personal and social skills such as problem solving, decision making, effective interpersonal communication, assertiveness, and coping with stress. Ideas are presented to help schools cooperate with other community agencies in addressing broad-based societal concerns.


SUPPORT MATERIALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WHOLISTIC, CULTURALLY-BASED COMMUNITY CONTROLLED EDUCATION

WHOLISTIC EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION
(ISBN 1-896905-27-7) $ 9.95

This sixty-page booklet reviews the field of educational evaluation as it relates to Native communities. The paper suggests that many of the current evaluation methods and instruments do not measure what they purport to measure when applied in Native communities. Further, it outlines an approach to evaluating educational programs that puts the control of the process of evaluation in the hands of the community, and that insures that many of the dimensions which are excluded from traditional evaluation approaches are considered.

 

RECREATING NATIVE EDUCATION: A Case Study in Program Evaluation and Design
(ISBN 1-896905-03-X) $ 10.00

Useful to school staff, administrators, boards and community members, this two-part document reviews a typical curriculum used in a rural Native school and outlines a proposal for making changes to create more effective, dynamic and culturally appropriate education programs.

 

YOUTH AND ADULT:The Shared Journey Towards Wholeness
(AT-300-1) $15.00

"It is mutuality and commonness that bridges our gaps of age and role, young and old . . ." Drawing on the ideas of many related philosophic foundations, Youth and Adult deals with the special struggles and joys of life as a young adult. It is designed to aid young people and those adults who live and work with them to become co-participants and co-creators of learning and growth. It contains strategies, activities, and exercises which have proven effective and beneficial in many different settings.

CULTURE:The Ultimate Curriculum
(ISBN 1-896905-11-0) $ 10.00

In order for educators outside a culture to promote human development and learning, they must build on the "organic curriculum" of the people with whom they work. This paper discusses the concept of organic curriculum - the process by which people learn to live in relationship to the universe - as well as the implications of this idea for education and educators struggling to work in this new way.

HEALING IS POSSIBLE: A Joint Statement on Healing Sexual Abuse in Indigenous Communities
(ISBN 1-896905-25-0) $ 5.00

This statement is a call for unity of vision, commitment and action on the issue of sexual abuse in Indigenous communities, as well as a plea for adopting humane and truly indigenous approaches to the problem.

ISSUES IN EDUCATION: Three discussion papers relevant to education in Indigenous communities:
(ISBN 1-896905-17-X) $ 10.00

"The Beaver People: A Case Study in Traditional Northern Indigenous Teaching and Learning Practices":A study of Hugh Brody’s book about Beaver Indians in northeast British Columbia, Canada, uncovers some principles guiding traditional education which can be adapted in today’s schools.
(ISBN 1-896905-19-6) $ 5.00

"The Pulse of Culture: Some Implications of Contemporary Anthropological Research for the Classroom." Contemporary research about cultural differences, neonatal bonding and language learning provides insights for educators striving to implement more culturally appropriate and effective teaching practices.
(ISBN # 1-896905-21-8) $ 5.00

"The Anisa Model of Education."Includes a case study of a contemporary education model with a wholistic and integrated approach to education in an Indigenous setting.
(ISBN # 1-896905-23-4) $ 5.00


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MATERIALS

TAKING TIME TO LISTEN:

Using Community Based Research to Build Programs
(ISBN 1-896905-15-3) $ 16.00

Because much of culture and history is "hidden" in language, tradition and the way things are done, it is often difficult for community level people to recognize for themselves or interpret for others the value of this "invisible knowledge" for healing, education and development efforts. This booklet describes a research process to assist community members in using this knowledge to develop community programs appropriate in their communities.

DEVELOPING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES:

Fundamental Strategies for Health Promotion
(ISBN 1-896905-44-7) $ 10.00

This basic text emerges from the struggle for healing and self-development among indigenous peoples and the need for community development to be part of a wholistic, culturally based health promotion process. A wholistic framework is presented for development thinking, followed by down-to-earth strategies for community-level workers and outside agencies implementing community development programs and a wide variety of related case studies from around the world.

 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE:

First Steps in Social Planning for Pelly
(ISBN 1-896905-09-9) $ 9.00

Utilizing the medicine wheel, this document outlines a framework for wholistic community planning and development and the practical steps needed to generate and empower community-based participation in every stage of the planning and development process. It can be utilized as a wholistic model for community planning and development in communities everywhere.

ELDER HEALTH MANUAL
(ISBN # 0-919555-96-9) $ 16.00

This practical resource manual for promoting the health of Aboriginal Elders, is designed to assist community health workers, mental health staff, home care nurses and workers, social workers, substance abuse counselors, community volunteers and family care-givers in developing effective community-based strategies and programs for improving the health and well-being of elders.

THE FOUR WORLDS COMMUNITY EDUCATION SERIES
All 9 Booklets (ISBN 1-896905-25-2) $ 60.00

Human and community development is explored by first examining the context in which alcohol and drug abuse has arisen in indigenous communities and then be introducing a series of topics needed for understanding and transforming individuals and their societies. Each booklet presents a topic, related questions and activities and a supplementary resource list. This series is an excellent training and community development resource for adult upgrading, community colleges and related community agencies such as substance abuse centres.

*****Individually: $ 7.00 / Booklet

            1.) Understanding & Preventing Problems of Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ISBN 1-896905-06-4)

            2.) How History Has Effected Native Life Today(ISBN 1-896905-08-0)

            3.) The Vicious Cycle of Prejudice (ISBN 1-896905-10-2)

            4.) The Transforming Power of a New Vision (ISBN 1-896905-12-9)

            5.) The Connection Between Health and Education (ISBN 1-896905-14-5)

            6.) Toward A Vision of Human Possibility (ISBN 1-896905-16-1)

            7.) A Wholistic Curriculum Can Contribute to Health (ISBN 1-896905-18-8)

            8.) Community Development (ISBN 1-896905-20-X)

            9.) Helping Your Community (ISBN 1-896905-22-6)


THE FOUR WORLDS EXCHANGE $ 5.00 / each

A series of publications that have been produced as a forum for the sharing of ideas, innovations, information, resources and technical information on the following topics.

        (1.) Youth and Development (AT-400-1)

        (2.) Beyond Alcohol: Native Communities in Recovery (AT-400-2)

        (3.) Economic Development and Health (AT-400-3)

        (4.) Surviving the Front Lines (AT-400-4)

        (5.) Taking Responsibility for Health (AT-400-5)

        (6.) Aids Prevention (AT-400-6)

        (7.) Spirituality and Development (AT-400-7)
 

OVERVIEW OF THE FOUR WORLDS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
(ISBN 1-896905-28-5) $ 5.00

This booklet describes the wholistic models at the foundation of Four Worlds’ approach to transforming the context that has given rise to alcohol and drug abuse. It describes Four World’s early vision and development strategy, deeply rooted in the guidance of Indigenous elders and culture, and articulates a set of first principles upon which any wholistic approach to human and community development may be based.

TOWARD THE YEAR 2000
(ISBN 0-919555-58-6)$ 5.00

A succinct summary of the history, philosophy and accumulated practical experience of the Four Worlds guiding principles during its first four years of development. Seven case studies are described to illustrate the implementation of these ideas and concepts. A strategy is outlined for future direction, possibilities, and project plans. This booklet celebrates the guidance, wisdom and overwhelming support given at a historic seven-day gathering of 100 indigenous elders and cultural leaders from tribes across North America on Four Worlds fourth anniversary.


DVDs

VISION OF THE SACRED TREE (16:06 minutes)
(SB-200-5)$19.99

An animated video for elementary children based on the teachings of The Sacred Tree

WHERE WE’VE BEEN . . . WHERE WE’RE GOING
(50 minutes)
(ISBN 1-896905-31-5) $ 19.99

In this video, Indigenous people describe their experiences with substance abuse and the process they used to heal and regain insight into and connection with their Indigenous roots. Realizing that they were put on earth to fulfill a spiritual purpose by seeking help from their elders and returning to their cultural traditions, including the sacred pipe, the sweat lodge and the Sun Dance, these individuals have found their true identities and are proud of who they are.

THE RED ROAD TO SOBRIETY (90 minutes)
(AT-600-1)$ 50.00

The contemporary Native American Sobriety Movement is flourishing throughout Indigenous communities in North America. This vital social movement combines ancient spiritual traditions with modern medical approaches to substance abuse and recovery. In this spirited and very hopeful documentary, indigenous health practitioners and traditional elders and healers reveal the importance of tribal values and spiritual awareness in the recovery process and actual program approaches that are working.

THE RED ROAD TO SOBRIETY: Talking Circle
(120 minutes)
(AT-600-2) $ 50.00

Features many respected Indigenous therapists and healers in eight 15 minute segments. This video is designed to be used as a prevention and recovery tool by individuals, clinics, recovery programs, schools and youth groups. The segment topics include: 1. Introduction To The Talking Circle 2. Wisdom Of The Elders 3. Women Of The Circle 4. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 5. Healing The Youth 6. Men of the Circle 7. Native Ways of Treatment 8. The Red Road Approach

THE HONOR OF ALL - The Story of Alkali Lake
(56:40 minutes)
(ISBN 1-896905-39-0) $ 50.00

This dynamic story of individual and community recovery is told in the words of the people who lived it. Native Indian Culture and religion guided the Shuswap people long before the white man’s history in British Columbia began, but by the year 1940, several generations of the Shuswap people had been subjected to the culture breaking process of residential schools, while being forced to live in an artificial town created around a church building. Stripped of their native culture and religion, the Alkali Lake people were left with a void in their lives that begged to be filled. Thus they were ripe for the introduction of the devastating force of alcohol. This story of heartfelt recovery from almost complete cultural and spiritual destruction is true. All the incidents depicted occurred between 1940 and 1985.

HEALING THE HURTS (59:39 minutes)
(ISBN 1-896905-41-2) $ 50.00

This dynamic and heartfelt video documents the devastating effects of the Indian boarding schools that dramatically shattered aboriginal culture, children, families and communities throughout North America. Viewers join Native American participants from Canada and the United States, during a four-day culturally-based healing process for understanding and recovering from this type of traumatic experience.
 

FOUR WORLDS INTERNATIONAL ELDERS COUNCIL
(AP-300-1) $ 15.00

The award to Four World’s director, Phil Lane Jr., of the 1993 Windstar Award, provided an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and honor the victories and elders of Indigenous communities across North America in their battle against drug abuse, and to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


SPECIALITY ITEMS

FOUR WORLDS LAPEL PIN
(AP-400-1) $ 4.50

The design of this pin is based on the ancient symbolism of the medicine wheel. The red, yellow, black and white colours, help us visualize the four elements (earth, air, fire and water), the four aspects of human nature, (physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual), the four directions (east south, west and north) and the cycle of human development (infancy, childhood, adulthood and eldership) all working within the wholeness of creation.

FOUR WORLDS BASEBALL HATS - Featuring the medicine wheel design. Available on a black or red background.
(SF-200-3) $ 16.00

ANCIENT SECRETS NATIVE AMERICAN HERBAL PRODUCTS

Shampoo (025605) 12 fl. oz. $10.00

Conditioner (025610) 12 fl. oz. $10.00


HUMAN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

DETAILED BROCHURES OUTLINING THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST




COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

***Materials and training in support of front-line workers and agencies working in community healing and development***
 

WELLNESS AND HEALTH PROMOTION

***Materials and training for the self, the family, the community and helping agency.***
 

FACILITATION SKILLS

***Materials and training for teaching and learning strategies, using games and stories, keeping group processes on track, facilitating conferences and seminars and experiential learning.***
 

BUILDING HEALTHY ORGANIZATIONS

***Training and services for organizational development; team building, monitoring and evaluation, building effective networks and leadership, writing proposals and moving from talk to action.***
 

ELDERHEALTH

***Materials and training for promoting the health of Elders and training for caregivers.***
 

EDUCATION

***Materials and training for curriculum and program development, teacher development and school board development.***
 

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT PROTECTION

***Training and services for effective community, business and government partnerships working towards social and environmental impact protection.***
 
 

NEW SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC

DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

Four Worlds is currently in the process of developing our own line of herbal products, including health remedies and shampoos. These products will be available in the Fall of 1998. If you are interested in becoming a distributor, please contact us.


FOUR DIRECTIONS INTERNATIONAL



In 1995, a bold new initiative was undertaken by Phil Lane, Jr., International Coordinator of Four Worlds International Institute to create a profitable business initiative to fund the humanitarian work of The Four Worlds International Institute for Human and Community Development and other related initiatives. This community-based, sustainable economic enterprise is called Four Directions International.
 

Guided and inspired by the wholistic principles, processes, values and prophecies shared over the years by the wise elders and teachers of many tribes and nations, Four Directions International is dedicated to:
 

(1.) The development and marketing of multimedia communication systems and educational technologies and approaches that will empower and sustain wide-spread human and community development efforts.

(2.) The development and marketing of technology that will sustain a pollution-free environment.

(3.) The development and marketing of natural herbal medicines, healthy foods and healing centers that support and empower human wellness.

(4.) The research, development and marketing of investment opportunities and approaches that empower long-range human and community development initiatives.

(5.) The development and marketing of economic enterprises developed and staffed by young people for young people.

(6.) The development of international economic development enterprises and partnerships that will sustain long-range human and community development initiatives in North American Tribal Societies and around the World.

A portion of all Four Directions International’s revenues are dedicated to the support of Four World’s community-based non-profit development efforts.

For more information on Four Directions International click here
 
 
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