Teaching Spirits: Understanding Native American Religious Traditions

Paperback | February 12, 2010

byJoseph Brown

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Teaching Spirits offers a thematic approach to Native American religious traditions. Within the great multiplicity of Native American cultures, Joseph Epes Brown has perceived certain common themes that resonate within many Native traditions. He demonstrates how themes within native traditionsconnect with each other, at the same time upholding the integrity of individual traditions. Brown illustrates each of these themes with in-depth explorations of specific native cultures including Lakota, Navajo, Apache, Koyukon, and Ojibwe. Brown demonstrates how Native American values provide analternative metaphysics that stand opposed to modern materialism. He shows how these spiritual values provide material for a serious rethinking of modern attitudes - especially toward the environment - as well as how they may help non-native peoples develop a more sensitive response to nativeconcerns. Throughout, he draws on his extensive personal experience with Black Elk, who came to symbolize for many the greatness of the imperiled native cultures.

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Teaching Spirits offers a thematic approach to Native American religious traditions. Within the great multiplicity of Native American cultures, Joseph Epes Brown has perceived certain common themes that resonate within many Native traditions. He demonstrates how themes within native traditionsconnect with each other, at the same time u...

Joseph Brown is former Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Montana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 12, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199739005

ISBN - 13:9780199739004

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Back to Back2. Changeless at the Heart of Change3. Fixing a Center4. Silence, the World, and the Sacred5. "There is No Word for Art"6. Relationship and Reciprocity7. A Unity of ExperienceNotesIndex