an historical memoir, The
Wild Gentle Ones offers a
simple yet revolutionary solution.
Its Road sign questions cause the
reader to set out upon a personal
odyssey to learn or relearn how to
follow their own natural native ways
and those of their ancestral heritage.
It puts forth a plan that everyone
of whatever age, gender, culture,
religion or philosophy can follow
as they become new pioneer-pilgrims
in search of answers within themselves
that will reverse these alarming realities.
The ensuing Turtle Island
Odyssey examines how and
why human consequences, historically,
has negatively impacted upon all native
human and non-human species of life
and how to turn that around 180 degrees.
Its tale encompasses a vast array
of encounters with the land and wildlife
of Twin Rainbow-Irwin's Irish Countae
Mhaigh Eo and Countae Claire lineages,
his Southern Tyrolean Dolomiten
ancestry and native birthplace in
Leadville, Colorado. Mystical childhood
moments in San Francisco are capped
by vision-questing experiences as
a youth in the San Bruno Mountains
of Northern California, followed by
otherworldly relationships, as an
adult, with Sioux elders in South
Volume II is a sequel filled with rich
accounts of a decades-long pilgrimage
to First Nation gatherings
Metis encampments and their Sacred
Sites in Canada and the United
Volume III brings the odyssey full circle
when Twin Rainbow-Irwin returns to the
lands of his ancestors in the wild Western
mountains of Ireland's mystical Countae
Mhaigh-Eo, the Burren of Countae Claire
and autonomous region of South Tyrol in
the Dolomiten Alps. In so doing, the reader
is called upon to make a similar pilgrimage
to the lands of their ancestors.
REMEMBRANCES OF THE ODYSSEY IN VOLUMES
I & II
At each important crossroad stop
are important road signs that ask the
pilgrim to answer a myriad of questions:
WHERE DID YOUR LIFE'S ODYSSEY BEGIN?
WHAT IS YOUR TRUE BIRTH-RIGHT?
IS YOUR GRANDPARENTS LEGACY?
DID YOU COME FROM & WHY?
HAVE YOU FELT THE CLASH OF LIGHT AND
DARK FORCES IN YOUR LIFETIME?
DO YOU RESPECT YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAMS
HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT WHO YOU ARE
FROM TRAVELING THE GOOD RED, WHITE,
BLACK OR YELLOW ROAD OF LIFE?
NATURAL OR HUMAN-MADE THING SYMBOLIZES
YOUR WILD GENTLE VOICE'S IMAGE OF
HAVE HELPED YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH
THE INDIGENOUS SPIRIT OF LIFE?
WHAT CLANS DO YOU BELONG TO OR IDENTIFY
DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR LIFE'S PERSONAL
SERMON ON THE MOUNT?
HAVE THE POWERS OF THE SACRED CIRCLE
RENEWED YOUR LIFE?
DID YOU FIRST EXPERIENCE THE STRUGGLES
OF TURTLE ISLAND AND ITS NATIVE CONSCIOUSNESS?
DO YOU DAILY LISTEN TO
THE ANIMALS & LAND WHERE
WISDOMS & HEALINGS HAVE YOU RECEIVED
FROM RETURNING TO THE VISIONARY PLACES
OF YOUR CHILDHOOD?
WHAT WISDOMS & HEALINGS HAVE YOU
RECEIVED FROM RETURNING TO THE VISIONARY
PLACES OF YOUR ADULTHOOD?
IS YOUR WILD GENTLE VOICE’S
PERSONAL VISION DOES THE HOUSE OF
YOUR DREAMS REPRESENT?
HOW HAS YOUR LIFE TAKEN TO THE OPEN
WILD GENTLE ONES is an authentic
answer to the discredited works of award-winning
memoirists of the past and present like
Carlos Castenada, Grey Owl and Nasdijj.
Its Turtle Island Odyssey trilogy
is a rich tabloid of little known spiritual
travels through North America's Indian
Country of the 1970's, 80's and 90's.
The author's visionary trek across the
United States and Canada in Blue &
Alta-Dena, his 'New Age covered wagons',
and how he came by his intimate name Twin
Rainbow, enjoins the reader to discover
where their own 'native name' awaits them
within the post-modern world.
Though at times reminiscent of the Chen
Guevara's Motorcycle Dairies,
Jack Kerouac's On The Road, Alex
Haley's Roots or Michael Moore's
Stupid White Men, this rare documentary
represents a dramatically different work.
Moved by a defiant spirit akin to Walt
Whitman's A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd
Roads or Henry Thoreau's Walden,
THE WILD GENTLE ONES narrative
offers up a bounteous blend of history,
religion and philosophy, laced with humor
Its sage chronicles Twin Rainbow-Irwin's
half-century rite of passage to find his
people, discover new sacred lands and
recover old aboriginal truth's. In the
course of his epic explorations, what
begins as an historical North American
travelogue soon turns into a mystical
pilgrimage across a Turtle Island of ancient
As the epic unfolds, the reader is afforded
a unique perspective of how the Native,
Irish and New Age peoples momentous spiritual
and political renaissance movements first
came into contact. A rendezvous with Metis
mixed-breeds in Canada and the United
States, and the unique blend of Old and
New World races and traditions they represent,
reveals a little known underbelly of North
Vivid vignettes in Volume's 1 &
2 also offer peerless perspectives on
||1960's 'War on Poverty'
and once-upon-a-time revolutionary
role of the VISTA Volunteer in places
like Crow Creek, South Dakota.
||Intimate, first-person accounts
of what led up to the emergence of
the American Indian Movement in South
Dakota and Medicine Man's Sun
Dance at Wounded Knee prior to
the infamous military siege by the
||Occupation of Alcatraz Island in
San Francisco By by Indians of All
||First Nation People Earth Healing
Ceremony, attended by the world's
seven major religions, during the
United Nation's landmark Habitat Conference
||Evolution of the Indian Liberation
Movement of Canada and its relationship
to the repatriation of Canada's Constitution;
||Anti-war sentiments that once led
Vietnam War resisters and other dissidents
to flee to Canada for political and
||Cultural clash between
Indian spiritual practitioners and
New Age Shamans;
||Struggle to protect the rate species
and habitats on San Bruno Mountains
in Northern California where the U.S.
Endangered Species Act first was born,
and later compromised by the ESA's
Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) amendment.
Twin Rainbow-Irwin's moving testaments reveal
classical allegories that have played out
in every human society since the beginning
of time. Each passage speaks to a universal
tale of diaspora that people the world over
will readily identify with.
His travels along the razor's edge of the
Indian, European and Metis worlds - his
constant comings and goings across the political
and philosophical divide that separates
Canada's 'Great Mosaic' from the 'Melting
Pot' of the United States - provides a penetrating
view of the vast chasm that divides Western
Civilization from the planet's Earth-based
cultures and religions.
The many transformations Twin Rainbow-Irwin
undergoes as he seeks to bridge the vast
historical chasm he finds himself teetering
on the edge of, culminate with his radical
politicization and eventual peaceful spiritual
conversion as a self-professed New Frontier
Breed. In the process, the reader is
called upon to reflect how their own life
represents an age-old tale of the human
spirit's desire to move beyond all the hatred,
violence and division in the world as they
reclaim their singularly unique heritage.
Turtle Island Listening Post
meditative passages, epigrams and epigraphs
- that appear at the beginning of each of
the odyssey's 'signpost turn' chapters -
further summons the reader to recall their
life's cameo moments and personal vignettes
that rekindle remembrances of their life's
The mainstream reader who enjoys the biography-autobiography
genre will be intrigued by the trilogy's
wealth of intimate cross-cultural accounts.
Those Americana buffs interested in the
native cultures of Canada and the U.S. will
at once recognize this work to be a rare
view through a now all but closed cultural
window in history. Theologians and philosophers,
eager to learn about how the combining indigenous
environmentalism and spirituality leads
to a deep ecological view of life, will
deem it to be an essential read. University
professors from many disciplines, Eco-Psychology
and Multicultural Studies in particular,
will find the work an invaluable reader.
Those who enjoy oral storytelling will take
great pleasure in the way THE WILD GENTLE
ONES lyrical prose converts oral tradition
into written form without losing the essence
of the spoken word. Another appealing aspect
is the way the voice of the Earth - spoken
through the image of Turtle and the spirit
of Bear animates the text. An audio version
of the work is a commercial possibility.
Musical bars, interspersed throughout the
text, also act as the unique musical score
of a future possible screenplay.