Spirit & Reason: The Vine Deloria, Jr., Reader

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Fulcrum Publishing, 1999 - History - 384 pages

Spirit & Reason is a collection of the works of one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century--Vine Deloria, Jr. Author of such classics as Red Earth, White Lies, and God is Red, Deloria takes readers on a momentous journey through Indian country and beyond by exploring some of the most important issues of the past three decades. The essays gathered here are wide-ranging and essential and include representative pieces from some of Deloria's most influential books, some of his lesser-known articles, and ten new pieces written especially for Spirit & Reason.

Tellingly, in the course of reviewing his body of work, Deloria found much that he had written in the past remained current and compelling because "people have not made much progress in resolving issues." Whether disputing theories of religion and science, examining the problems of modern education, or expounding on our understanding of the world, Deloria consistently urges readers toward an intimate connection with the world in which we live. For those familiar with Deloria's works as well as those discovering him for the first time, this essential anthology will teach, provoke, and enlighten in equal measure.
 

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Haven't finished it yet; I read it in long spurts. What I've read has changed my outlook on the world, dramatically. Deloria has a lot of really interesting things to say about the validity of ... Read full review

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All Vine Deloria's books are a MUST READ. If you don't have the time to read them all, read this one. Read full review

Contents

Reflections on Feyerabends Point of View
3
The Trickster and the Messiah
17
Relativity Relatedness and Reality
32
If You Think About It You Will See That It Is True
40
SOCIAL SCIENCE
61
Ethnoscience and Indian Realities
63
Indians Archaeologists and the Future
72
Low BridgeEverybody Cross
78
Why Indians Arent Celebrating the Bicentennial
199
Problems in the Recovery of a Usable Past
206
Kinship with the World
223
A New Trend in Contemporary American Society
230
Alcatraz Activism and Accommodation
241
More Others
249
The Indian Population
257
RELIGION
273

At the Beginning
101
A Flock of Anthros
123
EDUCATION
125
Traditional Technology
129
Traditional Education in the Modern World
137
Higher Education and SelfDetermination
144
The Turmoil of Ethnic Studies
154
The Burden of Indian Education
159
INDIANS
187
Hebrews 138
189
The Religious Challenge
275
The Concept of History
290
Tribal Religions and Contemporary American Culture
305
Sacred Places and Moral Responsibility
323
Myth and the Origin of Religion
339
Tribal Religious Realities
354
Freedom of Religion in Scalias America
370
Credits and Permissions
373
Index
375
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About the author (1999)

Vine Deloria Jr., is a leading Native American scholar whose research writings, and teaching have encompassed history, law, religious studies, and political science. He is the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. Named by Time magazine as one of the eleven greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century, he is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including God is Red, Custer Died for Your Sins, Power and Place, and Red Earth, White Lies. Mr. Deloria lives in Golden, Colorado.

Sam Scinta is president and publisher of Fulcrum Publishing and the creator of Fulcrum's best-selling Speaker's Corner series on contemporary political affairs.

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