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Native North American Spirituality of the Eastern Woodlands

by Elizabeth Tooker (Editor) "



Book Description
This work makes available for the first time in a single volume a representative
collection of the major spiritual texts from the Native American Indian peoples
of the East Coast. Elisabeth Tooker, professor of anthropology at Temple
University and an editor of The Handbook of North American Indians, presents the
sacred traditions of the Iroquois, Winnibego, Fox, Menominee, Delaware, Cherokee
and others. What makes this volume so unique is that it gives the reader direct
access to the original works (in the words of the Indians themselves) rather
than having them filtered through some interpreter. Included here are
cosmological myths, thanksgiving addresses, dreams and visions, speeches of the
shamans, teachings of parents, puberty fasts, blessings, healing rites, stories,
songs, ceremonials for fires, hunting, wars, feasts and the rituals of various
spiritual societies.

The Preface to this volume is by William C. Sturtevant of the Smithsonian
Institution, who is General Editor of The Handbook of North American Indians.


Product Details

Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Paulist Press (July 1980)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0809122561

 

 

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