Native Science Natural Laws of Interdependence

ISBN-10: 1574160419
ISBN-13: 9781574160413
Edition: 2000
Authors: Gregory Cajete
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Description: Cajete examines the multiple levels of meaning that inform Native astronomy, cosmology, psychology, agriculture, and the healing arts. Unlike the western scientific method, native thinking does not isolate an object or phenomenon in order to  More...

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Clear Light Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 315
Size: 9.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Cajete examines the multiple levels of meaning that inform Native astronomy, cosmology, psychology, agriculture, and the healing arts. Unlike the western scientific method, native thinking does not isolate an object or phenomenon in order to understand it, but perceives it in terms of relationship. An understanding of the relationships that bind together natural forces and all forms of life has been fundamental to the ability of indigenous peoples to live for millennia in spiritual and physical harmony with the land. It is clear that the first peoples offer perspectives that can help us work toward solutions at this time of global environmental crisis.

Donna Eder is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is author of School Talk: Gender and Adolescent Culture.

Forewordp. ix
Dedication and Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Telling a Special Storyp. 11
First Insightsp. 13
The Creative Contextp. 15
Chaos Theoryp. 16
Sense, Perception, and Creative Participationp. 20
Perceptual Blindness versus Creative Sensibilityp. 22
Body Sensep. 25
The Metaphoric Mindp. 28
Native Stories of Creation and Emergencep. 31
Art as a Means of Ceremony and Transformationp. 46
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 52
Philosophy of Native Sciencep. 57
Eco-Philosophyp. 58
Tenets of Native Philosophyp. 64
Process of Native Sciencep. 66
Native Science Practicep. 71
Guiding Storiesp. 74
Guiding Thoughtsp. 75
Native Science Paradigmp. 77
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 82
The Ecology of Native American Communityp. 85
We Are All Relatedp. 86
A Personal Storyp. 87
For the Good of the People: Foundations for Leadership, Service, and Community Valuep. 90
Workings of Native Communityp. 90
Native Science Practice in Native Communitiesp. 98
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 104
Plants, Food, Medicine, and Gardeningp. 107
A Green Philosophyp. 108
Plants Are the Hair of Mother Earthp. 111
Plants and the Foundations of Health and Wholenessp. 115
The Ecology of Native Healingp. 118
The Quest for Healing Knowledgep. 122
Native Gardeningp. 127
"Native People Loved Their Gardens"p. 129
Native Food Contributionsp. 133
Native Permaculture and Agricultural Technologyp. 140
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 146
Animals in Native Myth and Realityp. 149
Animals and the Native Worldview andp. 150
Animal Naturep. 152
Our Relatives, the Animalsp. 156
The Hunter of Good Heartp. 158
Animals in Mythp. 165
Animals and Spiritualityp. 167
American Indian Animal Husbandryp. 168
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 174
A Sense of Placep. 177
Living in Relationshipp. 178
The Role of Languagep. 183
The Human Body as Metaphor for Landscapep. 185
The Psychology of Placep. 186
Applied Technologies on Land, River, and Seap. 188
Miningp. 189
Hydraulicsp. 190
Transportation Systemsp. 197
Sacred Spacep. 204
The Mythic Body of the Landscapep. 206
Orienting to Place and Spacep. 210
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 211
Native Astronomy: A Skyward Viewp. 215
Living the Heavens: An Introductionp. 216
A Navajo Perspective on Cosmology and Astronomyp. 218
A Relational Philosophy: The Stars Are Our Relativesp. 226
Community: The Skidi Pawnee, Star People of the Plainsp. 234
Star Visions and the Role of Plantsp. 237
The Nazca Animal Geoglyphs of Perup. 242
Place and Astronomical Orientationp. 246
A Cosmic Journeyp. 250
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 255
Creating New Minds and Worldsp. 259
A New Sunp. 260
Finding Facep. 265
Finding Heartp. 266
Finding a Foundationp. 267
Meanings and Possibilitiesp. 282
"Land and Stars, The Only Knowledge" (Simon Ortiz)p. 288
Referencesp. 291
Further Readingp. 298
Indexp. 302
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