9780534626006

Native American Religions An Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534626006

  • ISBN10:

    0534626009

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-09-08
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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Summary

NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS: AN INTRODUCTION provides an overview of the latest research and thought in this area. Gill presents an academically and humanistically useful way of appreciating and understanding the complexity and diversity of Native American religions and establishes them as a significant field within religious studies. In addition, aspects of European-American history are examined in a search for sources of widespread misunderstandings about the character of Native American religions.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Maps and Territories
1(9)
Orbis Terrarum: The Island of the Earth
1(3)
All Mankind Is One
4(3)
Homo Religiosus
7(3)
The Place to Begin
10(17)
Religion and the Shape of the World
11(8)
Zuni: The Middle Place
11(3)
Seneca: The Creator Twins
14(2)
Navajo: The Suffering Hero
16(2)
Stories as Maps of Cultural Values
18(1)
The Trickster
19(2)
Structures of Reality in Architecture and Art
21(2)
Cosmicization of the Ordinary
23(2)
Conclusion
25(2)
Orality and Native American Religions
27(16)
To Breathe Is to Make Poetry
29(3)
The Cock and the Mouse
32(3)
Performance
35(4)
Conclusion
39(4)
Action and Performance
43(18)
Religious Paintings
45(3)
Self-Directed Designs and Objects
48(1)
Esoteric Religious Objects
49(1)
Masks
50(3)
Seneca False Faces
50(1)
Looking through the Mask: The Hopi Case
51(2)
Kwakiutl Masks and the Notion of Place
53(1)
Clowns
53(4)
Being Contrary
54(1)
The Forbidden
54(2)
The Portrayal of Human Folly
56(1)
When Humor Turns to Fear
56(1)
Ritual Materials in Action
57(2)
Conclusion
59(2)
Roads of Life
61(23)
Beginning the Journey
63(4)
Human Origins
63(1)
Conception and Birth
64(2)
Naming
66(1)
Religious Awareness through Disenchantment
67(1)
Initiation at Puberty
68(3)
The Vision Quest
71(3)
Pilgrimage
74(4)
Health and Healing
78(2)
The Journey's End
80(1)
Conclusion
81(3)
Ways of Life
84(19)
Bear Ceremonialism
85(4)
The Bladder Festival of the Alaskan Eskimo
89(1)
The Kwakiutl Winter Ceremonial
90(4)
The Wintun Hesi Ceremony
94(1)
The Origins of Corn
95(2)
The Green Corn Ceremonies of the Creek
97(1)
The Tewa Way of Life
98(3)
Conclusion
101(2)
Tradition and Change in Native American Religions
103(26)
Rio Grande Pueblos
105(6)
Yaqui
111(8)
The Plains
119(7)
Conclusion
126(3)
Epilogue 129(7)
Map of Native American Tribes 136(1)
Index 137

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