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Welcome. My name is Greg Vizzi. I'm a cultural naturalist of European descent and co-author of The Original People. Please join my email list for book news and upcoming book events. For my quarterly newsletter, the upper right box has the link. Topics will cover the natural world, indigenous wisdom, and how we can live harmoniously with each other and our planet. This is a journey worth taking!
I collaborated with Chief Quiet Thunder Gilbert over a ten year period to produce a book about the Lenni-Lenape people. This book, written in the Chief's own words, comes directly from the oral history of his people. This is an indigenous worldview and a roadmap.
THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE: The Ancient Culture and Wisdom of the Lenni-Lenape People by Chief Quiet Thunder and Greg Vizzi
WINNER OF THE 2022 IndieReader Discovery award for non-fiction!
"Congratulations! It is our pleasure to inform you that your book won FIRST PRIZE in the 2022 IRDAs! Post this sticker proudly, knowing that your title was judged by top industry professionals-not merely as a great indie book, - but a great book, period."
"THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE is a beautiful book filled with stories, poems, prayers, and traditions that explores the history, geography, and wisdom of the Lenni-Lenape, and teaches “the sacred obligation to protect the Earth.” Personal recollections are skillfully integrated into the larger tapestry of the culture, its relationship to nature, and its spiritual alliance. Chief Quiet Thunder has a gentle, wry humor, and is a master at weaving history, science, and spirit into his stories. His style of teaching is so fused with his style of living that simply being in his presence (even on the page), supports learning. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, drawings, and maps, this beautiful history deserves an honored position on the bookshelf, where it can be read and re-read over and over again" -IndieReader
AVAILABLE On Amazon in paperback here: THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE
"I have been searching for a thoughtful read regarding my Lenape heritage. I am so moved by the content of this book that I can actually feel my "original people". I am overwhelmed with gratitude to Chief Quiet Thunder for his eloquence, his soft spoken kindness, and his superb sharing of our cultural history. This book has changed my life. Thank you." -Jean Neill
"Wonderful story telling of the traditions and lore of "The Original People". Chief Quiet Thunder hands down some of the ancestral knowledge and it remains up to us what we do with it and where we go from here. Thank you Chief for this moving history of our people." -Elizabeth Ann
"I loved The Original People. This book is infused with the beautiful, loving energy of Chief Quiet Thunder. I had the privilege of experiencing his grounded, engaging teaching times on several occasions. There is so much about this book that is important: readers experience a man who lived life following his truth and aligned with his purpose. This is not an easy task for anyone. But he did it. He shows us the way. And, we are each the beneficiaries of his commitment to his heritage. Very little has been written about the Lenni-Lenape way of life and world view based on the Original Teachings. This knowledge is vitally important for the continuation of life as we know it. The Original People is written in such a way that readers of all ages can partake of the wisdom contained within this interesting book. Greg Vizzi's photos add depth to what is already a fine book." -Barbara J. Woolley
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