Native Heart


Most lives are lived solely in the present. But some lives are also lived with a spiritual and historical connection to the past. These lives grant us a sense of hope for the future. NATIVE HEART is the story of Gabriel Horn and his attempt to live a modern man's life that's true to the indigenous spirit of this land we call America. As a teacher in the American Indian Movement Survival Schools, and as a writer, activist, husband, and father, Horn presents a challenging and haunting perspective on our "new world" culture and values. Whether it's revealing a genocide Western historians choose to ignore, enabling Native American prisoners to pray with the pipe, or teaching his own Native children the lessons of nature and history, Horn stays true to his heart and to the vision that inspired his journey. His encounters with the "shadow people," his relationship to the Earth, and his quest for understanding and purpose within the "Great Holy Mystery" are retold in this intimate autobiographical novel.

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“Gabe Horn does not hesitate to speak the truth, but does so in a way that clearly respects our need as real human beings to accept past (and current) injustices, learn from them and move on to a brotherhood of working together for the good of the People and the Land. Plan to have a highlighting pen near when reading this book to capture the wisdom and burn it into your heart. Once having read the true history of our nation and the continuing bias against any culture which defers from the one in power, there is no excuse for inaction. My personal library of books regarding american indian history, culture and spirit is extensive, and Native Heart now holds a place on honor.” - Amazon Review

“A mesmerizing mix of lyrical musings about nature and nurture, contempt for values that destroy, rage at the powerful who humiliate and discount Indians, and thoughtful, intimate teachings about the ‘Indian Way’ …. A stirring autobiography and a revealing look at Native American activism.” – Booklist

 Excerpts of Native Heart have appeared in various journals: i.e. The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature, and anthologized in college texts on writing: i.e. Bridges – A Reader for Writers, publisher, Prentice Hall; and for Western Humanities, Horizons, publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Created by Alexis Horn | 2016