I BECOME PART OF IT: Sacred Dimensions in Native American Life by D.M. & Paul Jordan-Smith Dooling

I BECOME PART OF IT: Sacred Dimensions in Native American Life

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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.)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1989
Publisher: Parabola (656 Broadway, New York, NY 10012)