Loren Cruden queried a wide variety of Shamanic practitioners on the topics of Race, Gender and Community – and then compiled their answers (along with her own essays on the topics – and some exercises of working through each issue). The result – Coyote’s Council Fire – provides an insight to the many differing perspectives around the circle that the practitioners encompass. There were a few folks who provide amazing insight – Brooke Medicine Eagle, Ed McGaa, and Medicine Hawk Wilburn. Some of the other respondents provided single sentence responses, which did not delve too deeply into the subject – which was disappointing. The section on community – and the responses of Brooke Medicine Eagle and Medicine Hawk Wilburn are well worth the retail price of the book, in my opinion.