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This study seeks to explain how one group of Native Americans, the Oglala Sioux, has preserved its social and cultural identity despite formidable attempts by the U.S. government to eliminate tribal societies. Treating continuity and change as two aspects of the same phenomenon, it focuses on the nature of the uniquely Oglala values that persist, their modes of cultural expression, and the processes by which they are replicated.
Series: Religion and Spirituality
Paperback: 237 pages
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 1977)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
Oglala Religion in the Present Day
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on December 13, 2000
By Adam Seward
William K. Powers is, in my opinion, of inestimable value as a scholar of present-day Lakota society. He somehow manages to straddle a fence that few bother with: how to keep his credibility as a scholar, and yet show respect to the Native culture which he portrays. In my opinion, no contemporary non-Indian scholar does this, but Powers is as close as you’ll get. It is apparent from his writings that he truly loves the Lakota people. It is a shame that in the end, he boils it down to a Levi-Straussian analysis. This follows the standard Western hermeneutic of assuming that no culture has value unless its ultimate worth is traced to Western scholarship. I would recommend any of Powers’ writings highly. The Lakota have assisted him in making his spiritual pilgrimage to become a non-Indian interpreter with rare wisdom and insight into the lives of contemporary Natives.
on March 30, 2014
Good overview of Oglala spirituality and written from an anthropological point of view. Powers has partaken in the ceremonies he writes about and has obviously spoken with the elders. Good book!
on October 8, 2014
By Amazon Customer
Remarkable insights into the melding of the Lakota approach to life with Catholic belief system.
on January 17, 2017
I love this book, it arrived as described! Thank you!
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