The Mammoth Hunters
By Jean M. Auel
The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel, picks up where The Valley of Horses ends. Ayla and Jondalar meet a group known as the Mamutoi, or the Mammoth Hunters. They are warmly welcomed in the Lion Camp to stay for a while. At first Ayla has trouble adjusting. She is so used to being alone, that her lack of people skills becomes overwhelming for her.
Shattered Dreams from a Surreal Life
The Mammoth Hunters begin to discover the truth of Ayla’s unusual background. As a result of this, one member of the Lion Camp objects to her presence there, and becomes incredibly nasty to her. Ayla begins to think she has made a mistake by coming there and decides to leave.
A Chance for a Second Life
The rest of the Mamutoi do not want Ayla to leave, they feel that she offers absolute value to the Lion Camp. They offer to adopt Ayla and she agrees. Throughout her time there, Ayla offers the Lion Camp the earned value of her experiences. She demonstrates a formidable healing touch; and a crazy love triangle develops between Jondalar, Ayla and Ranec, a member of the Mamutoi.
For the Tropic of Freedom Books Finders Keepers:
The lesson I learned from this book is a lesson in the power of vulnerability. The thing with vulnerability is that we have been taught and conditioned for thousands of years, that vulnerability is an indication of weakness. It is not! Vulnerability is incredibly powerful and is one of our greatest strengths, if we allow ourselves to go there.
What is Vulnerability?
Vulnerability is being able to show one’s true self without masks, fear or compromise. It is saying ‘Here I am, I am ready for you are you ready for me?’ and to demonstrate the courage of your convictions.
What’s important to remember is: vices such as pride, anger, assumption, defensiveness, expectation, blame, self-pity, self-importance, etc. These are all a fear or an avoidance of vulnerability. There are a few situations in the book that will put into context what vulnerability is, and the power it has to impact on your life and the lives of others.
See if you can identify 3 scenarios in this book that illustrate what vulnerability is.
What is the impact on the people involved in these scenarios?
What are the vices these people choose instead of going into vulnerability?
What eventually makes them go into vulnerability?
There is one specific character, Frebec, who benefits greatly from going into vulnerability. He learns something incredibly valuable and this deeply changes his attitudes toward himself and others.
What is the lesson that Frebec learns because of going into vulnerability?
How could a lesson such as this, have an impact on your perspective of vulnerability, and the powerful impact it can have on you?
For Other Freedom Books by Jean M Auel
The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Valley of Horses
The Plains of Passage
The Shelters of Stone
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