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
In his final work, the great and beloved Native American scholar Vine Deloria Jr. takes us into the realm of the spiritual and reveals through eyewitness accounts the immense power of medicine men. The World We Used To Live In, a fascinating collection of anecdotes from tribes across the country, explores everything from healing miracles and scared rituals to Navajos who could move the sun. In this compelling work, which draws upon a lifetime of scholarship, Deloria shows us how ancient powers fit into our modern understanding of science and the cosmos, and how future generations may draw strength from the old ways.
 

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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
Finding the Cure
47
Omaha Buffalo Medicine Men
57
The Horse Doctor
65
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
The Power of Invisibility
185
Chapter Eight
193

Chapter Three
83
Chapter Four
107
Animals Admonishing Humans
121
Changes in the Weather
135
Time
206
Bibliography
227
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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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