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TABLE OF CONTENTS Prologue PART I: GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS 1. INTRODUCTION Prelude Dancing for Life Native North American Religious Traditions Common Features The Number Four Reciprocity Tobacco and Other Sacred Herbs Experiential Religion Western Perceptions No Religion: The Heathen Savage Animism, Totemism and Other 19th Century Fallacies The Noble Savage New Age Hucksters Further Considerations Esotericism Suppression and Secrecy "Stealing Religion" Avoidance of Photographs and Recordings 2. FROM PAST TO PRESENT Native Traditions Prior to Contact North and Northwest Great Lakes and Midwest Southeast Mississippi and Ohio River Basins Plains and Plateau Northwest Coast Southwest, Great Basin and California Far South and Caribbean From Contact to Reservations Reservations and Enforced Christian Conversion Revitalization of Native Traditions 3. THEOLOGY Cosmogony and the Influence of Christianity The Environment as Numinous Ancestral and Other Spirits of the Dead Culture Heroes and "Tricksters" PART II: CEREMONIES FROM A VARIETY OF TRADITIONS 4. GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST Anishnabe Religion: Modernization of Gathering-Hunting Spirituality The Haudenosaunee: From Horticulture-Hunting to Agriculture 5. SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST Diné Menarche Rituals: Celebrating Female Spiritual Power Navajo Kinaald Apache Sunset Dance Muskogee Green Corn Ceremony: Continuing An Agricultural Tradition 6. PLAINS Missouri Basin Horticultural-Hunting Complex: Twinning Corn and Bison Nitsitapi Bundle Ceremonies: The Effects of Horse Nomadism 7. NORTHWEST COAST Potlatch: Religious Heart of Coastal Traditions Makah Whale Hunt: Continuing Persecution of Native Religion 8. PAN-INDIAN RITUALS Circum-polar Rituals Spirit ("Sweat") Lodge Binding Rituals: "Shaking Tent" and Yuwipi Regional Pan-Indian Rituals Thirst ("Sun") Dance Dance Drum and the Powwow The Sacred Pipe: Ritual of Adoption Native American Church (Peyote Religion) Epilogue Further Readings References Notes Index ILLUSTRATIONS Figure 1: Earth as Human Woman. Figure 2: Ixchel (Earth as deity of healing and fertility). Figure 3: Two Diverse Miniature Images of Bear. Figure 4: Nanabozho. Figures 5a&b: Northwest Coast - From Old to New. Figures 6a&b: Maya "Sweat" Lodge. Figure 7: Anishnabe Sacred Pipe.
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Indians of North America -- Religion.
Indian cosmology -- North America.
Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies.