I Send a Voice
Illustrated by Narca Schor
I Send a Voice is the gripping, first person account of what happens inside a Native American Sweat Lodge. Evelyn Eaton writes of her resolve to become worthy of participating in a Sweat Lodge healing ritual. She undergoes tests and ordeals inside and outside of the Lodge following the spiritual path to learn the shamanic secrets, and eventually daring to ask for a healing Pipe of her own.
This classic book remains one of the definitive accounts of the training and work of a Pipe-carrier and provides a unique insight into Native American culture and their sacred and esoteric rites. It will be essential reading for everyone with an interest in Native American culture, shamanic rituals or holistic healing.
Author's Note. Introduction. Chapters 1 - 27. Epilogue.
"A beautifully written, unique and deeply touching account of the author's transformative spiritual journey into the sacred ways of Native American sweat lodge ceremonies, rituals, teachings and shamanism, culminating in her initiation as a pipe-carrier. We learn much about those sacred ways as Evelyn Eaton describes her trials, tribulations and personal development with self-reflection, humour and great honesty and, whilst she allows us to accompany her on her journey, we gain much insight into the wisdom and integrity of this ancient path and its teachers. A page turner, written by a remarkable woman describing a remarkable journey."
- Christa Mackinnon, author of Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice, founder and director of Kamdaris Psychological Consultancy and Training, and Honorary Fellow of Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, UK
"The story is a fascinating one..."
- Ashland Daily Independent
"I gobbled it. I just sat right down and bolted it, seeds, rind and all."
- Helen Wycherley
Evelyn Eaton (1902-1983) was born in Montreux, Switzerland to Anglophile Canadian parents, and educated in England and France. She began writing while still in her teens; her first collection of poems was published in England in 1923 (the same year that she was presented at court) and her first novel in 1925. Her adult life was rich and varied: she became an American citizen at the age of 42, and was a war correspondent in China, Burma and India in 1945, then a lecturer at Columbia University from 1949 to 1951. Partly Native American (related to the Algonquians of New Brunswick) her later years became increasingly focused on Native American culture and mysticism. She wrote thirteen novels, five volumes of poetry, two collections of short stories, and seven other books. For many years she was a contributor to The New Yorker and other journals.