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

Where the lightning strikes: the lives of American Indian sacred places

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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


A Center of SortsMount Diablo
NorthHistum Yani the Middle Mountain
WestMount Tamalpais
Place Like a Gaping MouthBreaking Through Landscape
SouthThe Cave of Hands
Worlds in an IslandPenobscot
Naming the SpiritsOjibwa
Christ in the Flower WorldYaqui
Draining the Sacred PlacesHopi
A Geology of PowerPlateau
Priestly Skies Shamanic EarthPawnee
Journeys to Promised LandsHidatsaCrow
The Heart of EverythingLakotaCheyenneKiowa
Singing the OriginsColorado River
Beyond the GoddessSouthern California

Hills of Hidden MeaningChoctaw
Between River and FireCherokee
A Tale of Three LakesTaosZuni
Place as PersonalNavajoApache
When Mountains CongregateCentral California
Mourning and RenewalNorthern California

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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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