Native American Spirituality A Critical Reader

ISBN-10: 0803282613

ISBN-13: 9780803282612

Edition: 2000

Authors: Lee Irwin, Lee Irwin

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Spirituality may be the most contentious and poorly understood dimension of Native American communities today. For generations the religious beliefs and practices of Native Americans have been the subject of public fascination and scholarly inquiry. Unfortunately, this ongoing interest has all too frequently been fueled by facile generalizations, inaccurate information, or inappropriate methods of investigation. Given the legacy of misrepresentation and mistrust, is it possible to fully appreciate the religious meanings and experiences of Native Americans? This volume offers a stimulating, multidisciplinary set of essays by noted Native and non-Native scholars that explore the problems and prospects of understanding and writing about Native American spirituality in the twenty-first century. Considerable attention is given to the appropriateness and value of different interpretive paradigms for Native religion, including both "traditional" religion and Native Christianity. The book also investigates the ethics of religious representation, issues of authenticity, the commodification of spirituality, and pedagogical practices. Of special interest is the role of dialogue in expressing and understanding Native American religious beliefs and practices. A final set of essays explores the power of and reactions to Native spirituality from a long-term, historical perspective.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 6.04" wide x 9.01" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Lee Irwin is a Professor in the Religious Studies Department at the College of Charleston where he teaches world religions with an emphasis on Native American traditions, western esotericism, hermeticism, contemporary spirituality, mystical cosmology and transpersonal religious experience as related to dreams and visions. He is the Vice President of the Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE), a board member of the Sophia Institute and a Guiding Voice for Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. He has been a workshop leader and group facilitator for over 25 years, particularly in the areas of visionary cosmology and the development of the sacred human. He is the author of many books and articles, including: The Dream Seekers, Visionary Worlds, Awakening to Spirit: On Life, Illumination, and Being, The Alchemy of Soul, and ​
Coming Down From Above: Prophecy, Resistance, and Renewal in Native American Religions.

Native American Spirituality: An Introduction
Theoretical Concerns
Mediations of the Spirit: Native American Religious Traditions and the Ethics of Representation
Cultural Identity, Authenticity, and Community Survival: The Politics of Recognition in the Study of Native American Religions
Spirituality for Sale: Sacred Knowledge in the Consumer Age
This May Be a Feud, but It Is Not a War: An Electronic, Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Teaching Native Religions
Dialogical Relations
Voice, Representation, and Dialogue: The Poetics of Native American Spiritual Traditions
Pimadaziwin: Contemporary Rituals in Odawa Community
The Church of the Immaculate Conception: Inculturation and Identity among the Anishnaabeg of Manitoulin Island
Nahuas and National Culture: A Contest of Appropriations
Historical Reflections
Repatriating the Past--Recreating Indian History
Purity and Pollution: Unearthing an Oppositional Paradigm in the Study of Cherokee Religious Traditions
Kiowa Religion in Historical Perspective
The Shaker Church and the Indian Way in Native Northwestern California
Intertribal Traditionalism and the Religious Roots of Red Power
Freedom, Law, and Prophecy: A Brief History of Native American Religious Resistance
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