Land and Spirit in Native America

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - History - 203 pages

Indian approaches to land and spirituality are neither simple nor monolithic, making them hard to grasp for outsiders. A fuller, more accurate understanding of these concepts enables comprehension of the unique ways land and spirit have interlinked Native American communities across centuries of civilization, and reveals insights about our current pressing environmental concerns and American history.

In Land and Spirit in Native America, author Joy Porter argues that American colonization has been a determining factor in how we perceive Indian spirituality and Indian relationships to nature. Having an appreciation for these traditional values regarding ritual, memory, time, kinship, and the essential reciprocity between all things allows us to rethink aspects of history and culture. This understanding also makes Indian film, philosophy, literature, and art accessible.

 

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Contents

1 Approaches to Spirituality Tradition Land Wilderness Nature Landscape and Place
1
2 On Middle Way Thinking Gardening Parks and Aspects of Indian Thinking about Land
21
3 Spiritual Approaches to Life in America
39
4 Literature Land and Spirit
55
5 Art Land and Spirit
69
6 Environmental Justice Place and Indian Sacrifice
91
7 Vanishing Reappearing and Disappearing Indians on American Soil
117
8 Future Directions Into and Out of the Wild
131
Notes
147
Bibliography
175
Index
191
About the Author
205
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About the author (2012)

Joy Porter is senior lecturer & associate dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at The University of Swansea, Wales, UK.

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