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American Indian Religious Traditions free pdf Written from an American Indian perspective with input from religious scholars and community leaders, this pioneering reference work explores indigenous North American religions and religious practices and rituals. How is peyote used in Native American religious ceremonies? How do various tribes conduct the rites of birth, adolescence, marriage, and death? What is potlatch and why was its practice forbidden? Readers will see how religious tradition influences Native American social, political, and material culture and vice versa. This extensive work goes beyond similar surveys that focus only on anthropology and history and explores the religious practices, movements, institutions, key figures, ceremonial systems, and religious accoutrements indigenous to North America, from precontact era to the present. Taking a deep and informed look specifically at the religious and spiritual nature of Native Americans, the encyclopedia places traditions within their historical and theoretical context, examining their relevance within Indian religious life and practice, as well as within the academic study of religion, Topics covered include key ideas and issues, religious and political leaders, primary ceremonies, mythic figures, and related cultural subjects, such as basketry, whaling, farming, and bison hunting, which have religious significance for native peoples. Contributors include key thinkers in American Indian religious culture, including many who come from tribal traditions and can offer valuable insights and observations from their personal experience.

About Suzanne J. Crawford

Suzanne J. Crawford, PhD, is assistant professor of religion and culture at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. Dennis F. Kelley, PhD, is a visiting professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

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Author : Suzanne J. Crawford
Publisher : ABC-CLIO Ltd
Data Published : 28 February 2005
ISBN : 1576075176
EAN : 9781576075173
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 1271 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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