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Native North America (Civilization of the American Indian)by L. Zimmerman and Brian Leigh Molyneaux
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Combining both historical and present-day perspectives, this book provides a far-ranging and richly illustrated account of the spiritual traditions of the indigenous peoples of North America, from the Inuit of the Canadian north to the Pueblo of the Arizona desert. At the heart of the book is a treatment of Native ritual and ceremony that illuminates the expression of the spiritual and the sacred in such forms as personal and communal ritual, initiation rites, and curing ceremonies. The final chapter examines the issues that are leading Native peoples into the twenty-first century. The reference section at the back of the book includes valuable supplementary information about languages, social organization, population trends, and land issues.
"[C]ontaining high-quality maps and a glossary, this inexpensive volume provides an excellent overview." Library Journal
With abundant photographs, more than 160 in color, Native North America illustrates tribal life, sacred arenas, spiritual traditions, and artifacts of the indigenous people of North America, from the Inuit of the Canadian north to the Navajo of the American southwest.
Beginning with a brief history of Native Americans, Larry Zimmerman and Brian Molyneaux explore individual culture areas, region by region. They discuss Native American spiritual observances, including personal and communal rituals, initiation rites, and curing ceremonies. Through descriptions of the powwow, rites of passage, plant rituals, oral storytelling, dreams, the ghost dance, and the drum, the authors provide a sensitive introduction to Native American spiritual traditions and examine issues that face Native Americans today.
About the Author
Larry J. Zimmerman is Chair of the American Indian and Native Studies Program at the University of Iowa. He is author of Peoples of Prehistoric South Dakota and coeditor of Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr. and the Critique of Anthropology and South Dakota Leaders.
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