Ray Drake Reflects on Chippewa, Ojibwa Cultural Traditions

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‘Dancing for the Fat Lady’ chronicles author’s experiences participating in ancient Native American ceremonies.

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They are important because they are here, they will not go away, and they, too, are beloved of God.

Author Ray Drake shares his life-changing journey of spiritual awareness and growth found through extensive professional and personal contact with Chippewa and Ojibwa Native Americans in his illuminating new book, "Dancing for the Fat Lady: Dancing for Life, Peace, and Sanity: The Ojibwa Sundance and Other Ceremonies" (published by Balboa Press).

"These are the people that members of the dominant culture never consider in their reckless pursuit of successful failure and their love affair with money," Drake says of the Chippewa and Ojibwa. "These are the ‘collateral damage’ of our way of life who expose our culture’s reflexive self-congratulation, delusions of grandeur, and illusions of justice and equality. They are important because they are here, they will not go away, and they, too, are beloved of God."

"Dancing for the Fat Lady" tells the story of Drake’s incredible experiences working with the Chippewa people, sharing everything he learned from them in the process, particularly an appreciation for their vibrant spirituality and the lasting effects of the trauma of European colonization. He goes on to describe connection with the Chippewa’s Canadian relatives, the Ojibwa, and his participation in their sacred Ojibwa Sundance, which requires four days of fasting and prayer.

Finally, "Dancing for the Fat Lady" seeks to affirm the Chippewa/Ojibwa traditions as being essential to not only their own identity and well-being, but also to the health of Earth and its inhabitants.

"Dancing for the Fat Lady"
By Ray Drake
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 356 pages | ISBN 9781452583532
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 356 pages | ISBN 9781452583518
E-Book | ISBN 9781452583525
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author

Ray Drake has a doctorate in psychology and is retired from teaching psychology at the university level and years of practicing psychology in "Indian Land." He lives with his wife, Lorraine, a retired school teacher, in a small rural town in the north central United States.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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