Full Circle by Michael ‘Hawk’ Spisak
A devastating introspective into Native American culture and ceremony, spirituality ,humanity and society at large revealing the causes and effects of colonialism and manifest destiny as seen through the eyes of the displaced descendants of these once proud and noble people. (This book description form Amazon)
Looking at the Amazon book description, you get a feeling that this book is historically based and might be miserably serious. This is not the case. The book is historical, but it is also a novel of a personal journey of one man to find himself and his purpose through introspection and following the rituals of his ancestors as far as he can. A picture is painted of modern Native Americans who are far removed form the noble tribesmen and women of popular pulp culture memories. They have been forced to live a lesser life due to the crimes against them.
This is realistic, it is violent, but not gory, it does not glorify violence and nor does it justify the corruption in modern day living. What it does do, is provokes us to dwell on the injustices committed by the founding fathers in the name of civilisation and Christianity. For example, First Nation People certainly did not need a new religion foisted on them, they had a perfectly developed spirituality which stretched back for centuries. I found it refreshing that the heroes and wise Native Americans of the past were women as well as men, very different from the chauvinistic history books that I am used to, where only the men were the decision makers. Women seemed to be given equal respect and power in Spisak’s society.
There are some amusing gems in this book when the writer talks about white blonde Americans, or any other nation actually, who all think they are descended form the great chiefs of the past, as Spisak says, where are the descendants of the tent makers, or of the cooks for that matter.
The writing is not classic, but it is sincere and colourful, and draws to a satisfying ending, if you are into justice and revenge. This is a novel, but there is a lot more to it and a lot of truth in it.