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Teaching Spirits: Understanding Native American Religious Traditions

ISBN : 9780199739004

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Author: 
Joseph Brown
Pages
168 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
142 x 218 mm
Pub date
Jul 2010
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Teaching Spirits offers a thematic approach to Native American religious traditions. Within the great multiplicity of Native American cultures, Joseph Epes Brown has perceived certain common themes that resonate within many Native traditions. He demonstrates how themes within native traditions connect with each other, at the same time upholding the integrity of individual traditions. Brown illustrates each of these themes with in-depth explorations of specific native cultures including Lakota, Navajo, Apache, Koyukon, and Ojibwe. Brown demonstrates how Native American values provide an alternative metaphysics that stand opposed to modern materialism. He shows how these spiritual values provide material for a serious rethinking of modern attitudes - especially toward the environment - as well as how they may help non-native peoples develop a more sensitive response to native concerns. Throughout, he draws on his extensive personal experience with Black Elk, who came to symbolize for many the greatness of the imperiled native cultures.

Index: 

INTRODUCTION
1. Back to Back
2. Changeless at the Heart of Change
3. Fixing a Center
4. Silence, the World, and the Sacred
5. "There is No Word for Art"
6. Relationship and Reciprocity
7. A Unity of Experience
NOTES
INDEX

About the author: 

Former Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Montana

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