Books by Paul Jordan-Smith

A striking collection of essays about the Native American spiritual tradition, complemented by relevant retold or preserved Native American tales. The contributors of the essays—most of which, like the stories, are reprinted from Parabola magazine—include some of the leading authorities on Native American spirituality, including Vine Deloria on the internal and external exile of the Native American ("Out of Chaos"), Arthur Amiotte on attending a religious ceremony at Pine Ridge ("Eagles Fly Over"), and Oren Lyons on the relevance for mainstream culture of the Native American way ("Our Mother Earth": "We are indigenous people to this land. We are like a conscience"). The tales, too—from Joseph Bruchac's retelling of "How Gluskabe Stole Tobacco" to the moving Iroquois tale, "The Roots of Peace"—challenge, delight, and inspire. An important and unusually accessible contribution to our understanding of Native American spirituality. (Illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of art by contemporary Native American artists.) Read full book review >