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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.
About the Author
Founded in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (Good Buffalo Eagle), ANASAZI Foundation gives young people an opportunity for growth through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature. Many of Anasazi's teachings were inspired by Sanchez and his wife Pauline Martin Sanchez, a Navajo whose given name is Gentle White Dove. More than 4,000 families have participated in ANASAZI since its inception in 1988. It is estimated that 40,000 students have participated outdoor programs
“Although The Five Legends is not a book from or about the Indigenous Peoples, it IS a book which will nourish the heart.” —Pauline Martin Sanchez, Gentle White Dove and Cofounder Mother of ANASAZI Foundation
“As the ANASAZI program grew, I put my efforts into developing a companion program to include parents and families in the powerful principles their children were learning on the trail. ANASAZI is not just our vision—it is the Creator's work. The Five Legends is based on our work to help heal divided hearts." —Sherrel Olsen, Co-Founder Mother of ANASAZI Foundation
“The Five Legends is a heartwarming book about peace and the power of family. I highly recommend it." —Steve Young, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN commentator
“This simple, yet profound book is filled with wisdom and insight. Living the principle of 'We' will put you on the path to success in any endeavor you pursue.” —Sterling Tanner, President of the Forever Young Foundation
"ANASAZI has been such a blessing in our lives and in the lives of countless other families. The Five Legends takes the life-changing philosophy of ANASAZI and presents it in an easy-to-read fable." —Howard and Shari Lyon, artists, Lyon Arts Studios
“Having taught youth for over twenty years (some of whom were labeled ‘at-risk’), I can definitively say most youth are in need of a book like The Five Legends. This book is perfect for teenagers as it doesn’t come across as preachy but instead allows them to arrive at the principle on their own.” —Mark Rice, High School English Teacher
“A touching story of reconciliation, new beginnings, and shared humanity. Written from the heart for the heart.” —The Jenkins Family (Bruce, Shari and Aly), Friends of ANASAZI Foundation
“This book inspired me to be more understanding of others. It can be easy to find fault with our ‘brothers.’ The Creator is the path to love, harmony and forgiveness, and following that path allows us to live in the ‘WE’ world.” —Mike Tetmeyer, Retired Sr. Vice President of Marketing of Hy-Vee Food Stores
“The Five Legends takes us on a inner journey to free ourselves from the plagues of modern society of isolation, fear, and hatred by asking us to turn our hearts away from ME and towards WE—wherein the medicines of love, connection, and peace live and heal.” —Briana Johnson, Host of The LifeBeats Project Podcast
“If I want sales advice, I turn to Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World. If I want financial advice, I turn to Clason’s The Richest Man in Babylon. If I want personal growth and development in the most important aspects of my life, I turn to ANASAZI Foundation’s The Five Legends.” —John Dye, Director of Social Media and Influencer Outreach for BonCom.com
“The Five Legends is a life-changing fable about a mother’s unconditional love and how seeing people truthfully can change everything.” —Ganel-Lyn Condie, Speaker and Bestselling Author
“In a world starving for real connection The Five Legends helps us see how we can refocus on what will bring us together. With lessons on leadership, forgiveness, and personal legacy, this book rekindles a hope for real connections with those we love.” —Jesika Harmon and Hillary Whalen, Founders of The New Norm
“Like The Alchemist, The Five Legends takes you on a powerful journey through deep wisdom.” —Andy Proctor, Co-Founder of the 1,000 Words Speaker Series and Host of the More Happy Life Podcast
“The Five Legends teaches us that we can choose to unite by committing to our connection to the Creator and each other. As a podcaster who preaches progress, I know that the only way to move forward is to foster healthy and honest connections with each other.” —Monica Packer, Creator and Host of the About Progress Podcast and Community