Black Elk's Religion: The Sun Dance and Lakota Catholicism / Edition 1

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Overview

In this religious history of the spiritual life of the great Lakota leader Black Elk, Clyde Holler reconstructs the development of the Lakota Sun Dance--the central religious ritual of the Lakota tradition, which is essential to understanding Black Elk's thought. This comprehensive study of the dance, which was banned by the U.S. government in 1883, shows how Black Elk adapted and reinterpreted it in terms commensurate with Christianity.
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Investigates Lakota religious traditions from a religious studies perspective, looking at Lakota religious leader Black Elk and the Sun Dance ritual and exploring the development of Black Elk's religious thought as he responded to changing economic and cultural circumstances. Draws on historical materials and accounts of early Sun Dances, and looks at the Sun Dance ban period and its revival. Includes a glossary. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815603641
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1 The Search for the Historical Black Elk 1
2 The Classic Sun Dance Observed, 1866-1882 39
3 The Classic Sun Dance Remembered, 1887-1911 75
4 The Sun Dance Under Ban, 1883-1934/1952 110
5 Black Elk and the Revival of the Sun Dance 139
6 The Lakota Sun Dance - Then and Now 179
7 Black Elk and Dual Participation 204
Glossary 227
Bibliography 231
Index 241
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