About The Five Legends

The Five Legends

Drawing on 30 years of helping families, this profound fable by the Anasazi Foundation illustrates the true anguish of conflict and explains how we can end war within ourselves, within our families, and even between nations.

Created in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (a Totonac Indian whose native name is Good Buffalo Eagle), the Anasazi Foundation invites young people, through a primitive living experience, to effect a change of heart. For over thirty years, their teachings have helped families begin anew and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world. 

Inspired by their wisdom, this book tells the story of two brothers whose warring hearts threaten to destroy their lives and their community. Trapped in a canyon, the two brothers are rescued by a mysterious old man who perceives their need for peace. He offers to guide them home — inviting them to open their hearts toward a New Beginning. When they agree, he teaches them the five legends of peace. And as they walk forward, they learn that we are free to create peace in our own lives–and how to do it. This discovery saves not only the brothers but ultimately their people. This poetic narrative offers us all a hopeful way out of the canyons of war, leaving behind the warring within.

My review

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the way it was put together. And the lessons that can be learned from it.

The Five Legends is written kind of in poetry form. I loved the way this made the story easy and quick to read.

The main characters in this one are Thunder Bear and Strong Wolf. Thunder Bear is the one who the reader gets to “see” the story through. He has some very strong ideas about who is to blame for the chasm between the two of them. But he learns and grows throughout the book. And by the ending he realizes that he shares the blame.

I loved the way the two brothers are taught the lessons they need to learn. A wise old man rescues them when they are in peril. And he teaches them through stories and legends.

This book is really a neat one. I loved that I was able to learn from the stories the same way that Thunder Bear and Strong Wolf did. I hope that I can learn the lessons and be a better person because of them.

I was sent a copy of The Five Legends as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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