Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places

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Penguin, Mar 27, 2007 - History - 368 pages
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From the author of How the World Moves: A revelatory new look at the hallowed, diverse, and threatened landscapes of the American Indian

For thousands of years , Native Americans have told stories about the powers of revered landscapes and sought spiritual direction at mysterious places in their homelands. In this important book, respected scholar and anthropologist Peter Nabokov writes of a wide range of sacred places in Native America. From the “high country” of California to Tennessee’s Tellico Valley, from the Black Hills of South Dakota to Rainbow Canyon in Arizona, each chapter delves into the relationship between Indian cultures and their environments and describes the myths and legends, practices, and rituals that sustained them.




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A thousand things could've gone wrong with a book like this, but none of them did. Nabokov's treatment of native spirituality is deeply understanding and sensitive. His telling of the history of these ... Read full review

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What makes a location sacred to a particular group of people? Nabokov (American Indian studies, World Arts and Cultures, UCLA; A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History) probes the depths of ... Read full review

Contents

EAST
CHAPTER TWO NAMING THE SPIRITS
CHAPTER THREE HILLS OF HIDDEN MEANING
CHAPTER FOUR BETWEEN RIVER AND FIRE
SOUTH
CHAPTER SIX PLACE AS PERSONAL
CHAPTER SEVEN CHRIST IN THE FLOWER WORLD
CHAPTER EIGHT DRAINING THE SACRED PLACES
NORTH
CHAPTER TEN PRIESTLY SKIES SHAMANIC EARTH
CHAPTER ELEVEN JOURNEYS TO PROMISED LANDS
CHAPTER TWELVE THE HEART OF EVERYTHING
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Peter Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. His previous books include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, and Architecture of Acoma Pueblo.

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