Cover Artwork: Original Instructions

These are instructions on how to be a good human being living in reciprocal relation to nature. These are natural laws that when ignored, have natural consequences.
— Melissa K. Nelson, Editor

Rabbett's artwork was chosen for the cover of the book Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future, edited by Melissa K. Nelson, San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, published on January 16, 2008.

SF State Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies Melissa Nelson's book, "Original Instructions, Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future" (Bear & Company Books, 2008), offers holistic approaches to a healthier planet and hope for the future of its biological and cultural diversity.

In this collection of essays and speeches, native leaders discuss the connections and contradictions between indigenous traditional beliefs and the contemporary struggle to create a sustainable world.

The title of the book refers to the "Original Instructions " or "First Teachings," literal and metaphorical lessons given to indigenous and traditional cultures by their creator(s).
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