Indian Summer is a collection of 26 full-color photographs, paired with the views of eight Native American authors, capturing remote and powerful American landscapes. The authors include Ohiyesa, Brave…
Indian Summer is a collection of 26 full-color photographs, paired with the views of eight Native American authors, capturing remote and powerful American landscapes. The authors include Ohiyesa, Brave Buffalo, Standing Bear, Shooter, Chased-by-Bears, Zitkala-Sa, Crowfoot, and Seattle. Both the photographs and the Native voices make a positive statement about the importance of loving and respecting the land. Standing Bear speaks for many Americans when he says, “From Wakan Tanka there came a a great underlying life force that flowed in and through all things….Thus all things were kindled and brought together by the same Great Mystery.”
The photographs by Ms Wyckoff represent more than 30 years of photographing nature throughout the United States. They have appeared in gallery exhibitions, as cover and internal art in various publications, and are owned by numerous private collectors.
“Forcing animals to live in captivity, to perform for our pleasure, to die for our needs is justified only if animals are essentially different from us…”
“Forcing animals to live in captivity, to perform for our pleasure, to die for our needs is justified only if animals are essentially different from us. Some feel animals do not suffer because they do not feel as we do. But what if they only differ from us in degree, not in kind?” So writes Betsy Wyckoff in her introduction to these twenty-three beautifully illustrated anecdotes and accounts of wondrous facts, truths, and episodes from many areas of the animal kingdom, showing the sometimes unbearable and always poignant kinship we share with other creatures.
Besides material about apes and bees, the book brings intimate glimpses (to mention but a few specimen pieces) of grieving elephants, tool-using otters, communication among bats, cooperation among lionesses, mindful dolphins, and of course, singing Humpback Whales. “Why is it important that we view animals as thinking, feeling creatures?” Betsy Wyckoff asks. “We identify with beings similar to us and objectify those we perceive as different. Turning a living creature into an object is a diminishing act. We form a chain with our animal cousins, and to diminish one member of the chain is to diminish all.”
The last piece in the book is devoted to the subject of animal altruism, “the willingness of an individual to sacrifice himself or herself to benefit another.” The author documents altruism practiced by family members of the same species among dolphins, chimpanzees, lions, zebras and even rats, and goes on to show that altruism can even be found across species and between non-related individuals, the latter implying “the existence of compassion and generosity” among animals.
These words and images provide a contemplative and affirming counterpart to recent images of tragedy and heroism in New York. With rich and textured photographs….
These words and images provide a contemplative and affirming counterpart to recent images of tragedy and heroism in New York. With rich and textured photographs that complement and interact with the timeless verse, the author of Indian Summer brings a new and unexpected vision to both New York City and the Tao Te Ching.