C. G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature and the Primitive

C. G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature and the Primitive

by Vine Deloria
     
 

ISBN-10: 1882670612

ISBN-13: 9781882670611

Pub. Date: 07/20/2009

Publisher: Spring Journal

In the winter of 1924-25 while visiting the U.S., C. G. Jung visited the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico where he spent several hours with Ochwiay Biano, Mountain Lake, an elder at the Pueblo. This was a seminal encounter in Jung's life. It impacted him psychologically, emotionally, and intellectually and had a sustained influence on his theories and understanding of psyche

Overview

In the winter of 1924-25 while visiting the U.S., C. G. Jung visited the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico where he spent several hours with Ochwiay Biano, Mountain Lake, an elder at the Pueblo. This was a seminal encounter in Jung's life. It impacted him psychologically, emotionally, and intellectually and had a sustained influence on his theories and understanding of psyche, as witnessed by his reference to Mountain Lake in one of his last letters written shortly before his death.

Dakota Sioux intellectual and political leader, Vine Deloria Jr., began a close study of the writings of C.G. Jung over two decades ago, but had long been struck by certain affinities and disjunctures between Jungian and Sioux Indian thought. He also had noticed that many Jungians had perceived this relation as well and were often drawn to Native American traditions. And, while Deloria never hesitated to critique others' appropriation of Native culture, he also saw in this phenomenon something deeper and more interesting: the possibility that these philosophical systems might, at a deep level, share crucial affinities.

This book, the result of Deloria's investigation of these affinities, is written as a measured comparison between the psychology of C. G. Jung and the philosophical and cultural traditions of his own Sioux people. Moving between Jung's writings and Sioux tradition, Deloria constructs a fascinating dialogue between the two systems that touches on cosmology, the family, relations with animals, visions, voices, and individuation. He does not shy away from addressing the differences between the two and the colonial mindset that characterized Jung's own cultural legacy. In this sense, Deloria offers a direct "speaking back" from the cultural position that Jung so often characterized as "primitive" in his writings.

Vine Deloria Jr. passed away in 2005 and this, his last book, resounds with the wit, vigor, and range that marked his writing. It makes a signal contribution to Jungian Studies, while simultaneously illuminating the possibilities and pitfalls in efforts to transcend intellectual and philosophical boundaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882670611
Publisher:
Spring Journal
Publication date:
07/20/2009
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
979,714
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Philip J. Deloria i

Foreword Jerome S. Bernstein vii

Introduction: Psychology and the Psyche Vine Deloria, Jr. i

Chapter One Jung and the Indians 17

Chapter Two The Negative Primitive 33

Chapter Three The Positive Primitive 47

Chapter Four The Jungian Universe 65

Chapter Five The Sioux Universe 83

Chapter Six Jung and the Animals 99

Chapter Seven Animals and the Sioux 115

Chapter Eight The Individual and Kinship 133

Chapter Nine The Voice and the Vision 153

Chapter Ten Dreams and Prophecies 167

Conclusion: Coming Together 183

Notes 201

Author and Editors 215

Index 217

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