The Spiritual Legacy of the American Indian

Author: Joseph Epes Brown
Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc
ISBN: 1933316365
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This new and updated edition of Joseph Epes Brown's The Spiritual Legacy of the American Indian contains previously unpublished letters that were written while Brown was living with Black Elk, providing new details and insights about Black Elk's relationship to the Catholic Church and to traditional Lakota spirituality. This commemorative edition includes: 9 previously unpublished photographs; a new introduction by Ake Hultkrantz; a new editors' preface by Marina Brown Weatherly, Elenita Brown, and Michael Oren Fitzgerald; an appendix of unpublished letters while living with Black Elk; a 4-page biography of Joseph Epes Brown; a complete bibliography of Brown's published works; and an index. Book jacket.

Plateau Indians and the Quest for Spiritual Power 1700 1850

Author: Larry Cebula
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803203099
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Fusing myriad primary and secondary sources, historian Larry Cebula offers a compelling master narrative of the impact of Christianity on the Columbian Plateau peoples in the Pacific Northwest from 1700 to 1850. ø For the Native peoples of the Columbian Plateau, the arrival of whites was understood primarily as a spiritual event, calling for religious explanations. Between 1700 and 1806, Native peoples of the Columbian Plateau experienced the presence of whites indirectly through the arrival of horses, some trade goods by long-distance exchange, and epidemic diseases that decimated their population and shook their faith in their religious beliefs. Many responded by participating in the Prophet Dance movement to restore their frayed links to the spirit world. ø When whites arrived in the early nineteenth century, the Native peoples of the Columbian Plateau were more concerned with learning about white people's religious beliefs and spiritual power than with acquiring their trade goods; trading posts were seen as windows into another world rather than sources of goods. The whites? strange appearance and seeming immunity to disease and the unique qualities of their goods and technologies suggested great spiritual power to the Native peoples. But disillusionment awaited: Catholic and Protestant missionaries came to teach the Native peoples about Christianity, yet these white spiritual practices failed to protect them from a new round of epidemic disease. By 1850, with their world devastatingly altered, most Plateau Indians had rejected Christianity

Teaching Spirits

Author: Joseph Epes Brown
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195350081
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Teaching Spirits offers a thematic approach to Native American religious traditions. Through years of living with and learning about Native traditions across the continent, Joseph Epes Brown learned firsthand of the great diversity of the North American Indian cultures. Yet within this great multiplicity, he also noticed certain common themes that resonate within many Native traditions. These themes include a shared sense of time as cyclical rather than linear, a belief that landscapes are inhabited by spirits, a rich oral tradition, visual arts that emphasize the process of creation, a reciprocal relationship with the natural world, and the rituals that tie these themes together. Brown illustrates each of these themes with in-depth explorations of specific native cultures including Lakota, Navajo, Apache, Koyukon, and Ojibwe. Brown was one of the first scholars to recognize that Native religions-rather than being relics of the past-are vital traditions that tribal members shape and adapt to meet both timeless and contemporary needs. Teaching Spirits reflects this view, using examples from the present as well as the past. For instance, when writing about Plains rituals, he describes not only building an impromptu sweat lodge in a Denver hotel room with Black Elk in the 1940s, but also the struggles of present-day Crow tribal members to balance Sun Dances and vision quests with nine-to-five jobs. In this groundbreaking work, Brown suggests that Native American traditions demonstrate how all components of a culture can be interconnected-how the presence of the sacred can permeate all lifeways to such a degree that what we call religion is integrated into all of life's activities. Throughout the book, Brown draws on his extensive personal experience with Black Elk, who came to symbolize for many the richness of the imperiled native cultures. This volume brings to life the themes that resonate at the heart of Native American religious traditions.

Black Elk Lakota Visionary

Author: Harry Oldmeadow
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
ISBN: 9781936597604
Format: PDF
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Black Elk Speaks is the most widely-read Native American testimony of the last century and a key work in our understanding of American Indian traditions. In Black Elk, Lakota Visionary, Oldmeadow draws on recently discovered sources to present a major re-assessment of Black Elk's life and work. Oldmeadow's lively and readable account explores the holy man's mystical visions, his controversial engagement with Catholicism, and his attempts to preserve and revive ancestral Sioux beliefs and practices.

Spirit of the Earth

Author: Michael Oren Fitzgerald
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
ISBN: 9781936597543
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This book includes quotations on the beauty and meaning of nature from men and women of nearly fifty North American tribes. The illustrations include historical photographs of American Indians, as well as a wide selection of contemporary photographs showing the diversity of North American landscapes. These quotations and photographs beautifully present something of nature s timeless message. This message can be summed up in the well-known Sioux phrase often used in prayer: We are all related. "

Ye Shall Know the Truth

Author: Mateus Soares de Azevedo
Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc
ISBN: 0941532690
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Contains essays on mysticism, prayer, sacred art, the relationship between Christianity and other religious."

Native Religions of North America

Author: Åke Hultkrantz
Publisher: Harper San Francisco
ISBN:
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Describes the essential features and scope of native American religions, and examines the religion of the Wind River Shoshoni and the Zuni

Preserving Nature in the National Parks

Author: Richard West Sellars
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300154143
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This book traces the epic clash of values between traditional scenery-and-tourism management and emerging ecological concepts in the national parks, America’s most treasured landscapes. It spans the period from the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 to near the present, analyzing the management of fires, predators, elk, bear, and other natural phenomena in parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Great Smoky Mountains. Based largely on original documents never before researched, this is the most thorough history of the national parks ever written. Focusing on the decades after the National Park Service was established in 1916, the author reveals the dynamics of policy formulation and change, as landscape architects, foresters, wildlife biologists, and other Park Service professionals contended for dominance and shaped the attitudes and culture of the Service. The book provides a fresh look at the national parks and an analysis of why the Service has not responded in full faith to the environmental concerns of recent times. Richard West Sellars, a historian with the National Park Service, has become uniquely familiar with the history, culture, and dynamics of the Service--including its biases, internal alliances and rivalries, self-image, folklore, and rhetoric. The book will prove indispensable for environmental and governmental specialists and for general readers seeking an in-depth analysis of one of America’s most admired federal bureaus.

Native American Religious Traditions

Author: Suzanne Crawford O Brien
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131734619X
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Focusing on three diverse indigenous traditions, Native American Religious Traditions highlights the distinct oral traditions and ceremonial practices; the impact of colonialism on religious life; and the ways in which indigenous communities of North America have responded, and continue to respond, to colonialism and Euroamerican cultural hegemony.