Seat at the Table Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom

ISBN-10: 0520251695
ISBN-13: 9780520251694
Edition: 2007
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Description: In this collection of illuminating conversations, renowned historian of world religions Huston Smith invites ten influential American Indian spiritual and political leaders to talk about their five-hundred-year struggle for religious freedom. Their  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 253
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

In this collection of illuminating conversations, renowned historian of world religions Huston Smith invites ten influential American Indian spiritual and political leaders to talk about their five-hundred-year struggle for religious freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into one of the most striking cases of tragic irony in history: the country that prides itself on religious freedom has resolutely denied those same rights to its own indigenous people. With remarkable erudition and curiosity--and respectfully framing his questions in light of the revelation that his discovery of Native American religion helped him round out his views of the world's religions--Smith skillfully helps reveal the depth of the speakers' knowledge and experience. American Indian leaders Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux), Winona LaDuke (Anishshinaabeg), Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Frank Dayish, Jr. (Navajo), Charlotte Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), Douglas George-Kanentiio (Mohawk-Iroquois), Lenny Foster (Dine/Navajo), Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga), Anthony Guy Lopez (Lakota-Sioux), and Oren Lyons (Onondaga) provide an impressive overview of the critical issues facing the Native American community today. Their ideas about spirituality, politics, relations with the U.S. government, their place in American society, and the continuing vitality of their communities give voice to a population that is all too often ignored in contemporary discourse. The culture they describe is not a relic of the past, nor a historical curiosity, but a living tradition that continues to shape Native American lives.

Huston Smith, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Syracuse University, is considered the country's preeminent public scholar of world religions. The author of The Religions of Man (1958, republished as The World's Religions in 1991) and Why Religion Matters (2001), Smith has influenced multiple generations of readers, artists, scholars, and students. He has been profiled in a PBS series by Bill Moyers and appears frequently on national TV and radio. Phil Cousineau is the author and editor of numerous books, including, most recently, Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times (2001), The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred (1998), and Soul Moments: Marvelous Stories of Synchronicity (1997).

List of Illustrations
Preface
The Indian Way of Story
Introduction: The Primal Religions
The Spiritual Malaise in America: The Confluence of Religion, Law, and Community
Five Hundred Nations within One: The Search for Religious Justice
Ecology and Spirituality: Following the Path of Natural Law
The Homelands of Religion: The Clash of Worldviews Over Prayer, Place, and Ceremony
Native Language, Native Spirituality: From Crisis to Challenge
The Triumph of the Native American Church: Celebrating the Free Exercise of Religion
The Fight for Native American Prisoners' Rights: The Red Road to Rehabilitation
Stealing our Spirit: The Threat of the Human Genome Diversity Project
The Fight for Mount Graham: Looking for the Fingerprints of God
Redeeming the Future: The Traditional Instructions of Spiritual Law
The Healing of Indian Country: Kinship, Custom, Ceremony, and Oratory
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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