Native North American Spirituality of the Eastern Woodlands: Sacred Myths, Dreams, Visions, Speeches, Healing Formulas, Rituals and Ceremonials (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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This work makes available for the first time in a single volume a representative collection of the major spiritual texts from the Native American Indian peoples of the East Coast. Elisabeth Tooker, professor of anthropology at Temple University and an editor of The Handbook of North American Indians, presents the sacred traditions of the Iroquois, Winnibego, Fox, Menominee, Delaware, Cherokee and others. What makes this volume so unique is that it gives the reader direct access to the original works (in the words of the Indians themselves) rather than having them filtered through some interpreter. Included here are cosmological myths, thanksgiving addresses, dreams and visions, speeches of the shamans, teachings of parents, puberty fasts, blessings, healing rites, stories, songs, ceremonials for fires, hunting, wars, feasts and the rituals of various spiritual societies.
The Preface to this volume is by William C. Sturtevant of the Smithsonian Institution, who is General Editor of The Handbook of North American Indians.

Product Details

  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; First Edition edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809122561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809122561
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Customer Reviews

this is my culture

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 5, 2013
By Miranda Jane
and i love it with all my heart. it gives depth and meaning to my life when nothing else can. this steers me in the right direction when i feel like im lost, and inspires me to do good when i feel down.

Excellent description and understanding

10 people found this helpful.
 on June 7, 2003
By mianfei
Anthropologist Elisabeth Tooker has provided here an excellent understanding of Native North American spirituality with this book. Most of the focus is on the southeastern areas of the continent, but that does not manage to detract from the book’s ability to convey understanding of what went on in traditional Native American life.

A treasure trove!

One person found this helpful.
 on October 4, 2014
By Barbara Graver
Wonderful collection of Native American spiritual teachings.

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