The World We Used to Live in: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men

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Fulcrum Publishing, 2006 - Social Science - 237 pages
One of the unfortunate byproducts of the recent renaissance in Native American spirituality has been the abuse and misuse of sacred ceremonies by Indians and non- Indians alike. In Vine Deloria's Jr.'s groundbreaking final work, the culmination of more than 30 years of research and scholarship, this great and beloved thinker reclaims the importance of these ceremonies for Native America. Through the collection of dozens of stories about medicine men, across tribes and time, Deloria displays the sense of humility, the reliance on spirits, and the immense powers that characterized Native people through history. Moreover, in a synthesis of many of his earlier writings, Deloria explores the relation of these powers to our current understanding of science and the cosmos.
 

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In his final book, Native American scholar and philosopher Deloria (1933-2005) presents engaging stories describing the exploits and skills of Native American medicine men (and a few women) drawn from ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
1
Shared Dreams
8
Mens Vision Quest Experiences
16
Womens Vision Quest Experiences
31
Visions in Transition
39
Navajo Diagnosticians
45
Omaha Buffalo Medicine
57
The Horse Doctor
65
Animals Admonishing Humans
121
Changes in the Weather
135
Enlisting the Weather as an Aid
144
The Picture Rocks
150
Buffalo Stones That Call the Blackfeet
156
Chapter Seven
167
Holding the Jar with Feathers
173
Powers of Animation
179

Chapter Three
83
Chapter Four
107
The Power of Invisibility
185
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Vine Deloria Jr. was named by TIME magazine as one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century. He was a leading Native American scholar whose research, writings, and teachings on history, law, religion, and political science have not only changed the face of Indian country, but stand to influence future generations of Native and non-Native Americans alike. He has authored many acclaimed books, including Evolution, Creationism, and Other Modern Myths; Red Earth, White Lies; God is Red; Spirit and Reason and Custer Died for Your Sins. Vine Deloria Jr. passed away on November 13, 2005.

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