Distinguished Native American Spiritual Practitioners and Healers

Overview

The lives and practices of 100 healers and spiritual leaders from a variety of North American Native peoples are described here. Included are both historical and contemporary figures. While some of the figures are well known, such as the Apache Goyathlay (Geronimo), others are more obscure. This book is one of the few available sources of detailed information on their lives and careers.

Entries include a summary of the individual's life, a history of the person's early life, a ...

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Overview

The lives and practices of 100 healers and spiritual leaders from a variety of North American Native peoples are described here. Included are both historical and contemporary figures. While some of the figures are well known, such as the Apache Goyathlay (Geronimo), others are more obscure. This book is one of the few available sources of detailed information on their lives and careers.

Entries include a summary of the individual's life, a history of the person's early life, a description of the highlights of his or her career as a healer or spiritual practitioner, and recommendations for further reading. Photos of the individuals illustrate 26 of the entries. A bibliography, subject index, and two appendixes that list individuals by birth date and by Nation or group round out the volume.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
For this new A-to-Z resource, Johnson (history, California State Univ., Long Beach) has written short biographical essays on 100 Native American spiritual figures. The figures profiled are a mix of the well known, such as Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Black Elk; the less famous, such as Wovoka and Quanah Parker; and many who will be obscure to the average reader. The earliest subject dates from the mid-14th century (Deganawida), while the most recent (Reuben A. Snake Jr.) was born in 1937. Each entry provides all of the subject's variant names, birth and death dates (if known), education, and leadership position. The two- to three-page essays include a summary, a description of the subject's early life and leadership, and suggestions of print and electronic sources for further reading. Two appendixes list the subjects by birth date and by nation or group, and a general index is included. With its breadth of coverage, this is a good first stop for researching specific Native American spiritual leaders or healers. The introduction is brief and does not attempt a broader overview of the subject of Native American spirituality. Recommended for academic and public libraries. Stephen Joseph, Butler Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Pittsburgh
Booknews
Johnson (American Indian studies and US history, California State U.- Long Beach) profiles the lives and practices of 100 native healers and spiritual leaders, both well known and obscure, both of the past and the present. Entries provide information on the person's full name, life, education, leadership title, early life, career highlights, and recommendations for further reading. Photographs are provided when possible. Appendices list them by birth date and by nation or group. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573563581
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2002
  • Series: Distinguished Native Americans Series
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

TROY R. JOHNSON is a professor of American Indian Studies and U.S. History at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author, editor, or associate editor of 17 books and numerous scholarly journal articles and has presented a score of papers at scholarly conferences. His area of expertise also includes American Indian activism, federal Indian law, Indian child welfare, and Indian youth suicide.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction ix
Profiles
Aiowantha (Hiawatha) 1
Akikita 3
William Apes 6
Aripeka 9
Thomas Banyacya 12
Big Ike 16
Josie Billie 18
Black Elk 21
Black Hairy Dog 24
James Blue Bird 26
James Chrysostom Bouchard 29
Box Elder 32
Brave Buffalo (Tatan' ka ohi' tika) 34
Fanny Brown 36
Bull Lodge 38
Jesse Bushyhead 41
Calf Shirt 44
Peter Catches 46
Nels Charles 48
Coocoochee 50
George Copway 52
Crazy Mule 54
Henry Crow Dog II 57
Curley Headed Doctor (or Curly-Headed Doctor) 60
Daveko 63
Deganawida 65
Philip Joseph Deloria 67
Vine Victor Deloria, Sr. 70
Vine Deloria, Jr. 72
Charles Alexander Eastman 75
Enmegahbowh 78
Fanny Flounder 81
Frank Fools Crow 84
Stephen Foreman 89
Josiah Francis 91
Goyathlay (Geronimo) 93
Handsome Lake (Skanyadariyoh) 96
Albert Hensley 99
Emily Hill 102
Hola Tso 105
Jake Hunt 107
Kah-ke-wa-quo-na-by ("Sacred Feathers") (Peter Jones) 109
Kee-Kah-Wah-Un-Ga (Reuben A. Snake, Jr.) 112
Kenekuk 115
Keseruk 118
Kicking Bear 120
John King 122
Susan La Flesche Picotte 124
John (Fire) Lame Deer 127
Low Horn 130
Mamanti 132
Mabel McKay 134
Ruby Modesto 137
Mon'Hin Thin Ge 139
Mountain Wolf Woman 142
Nakaidoklini 145
Neolin (Delaware Prophet) ("The Enlightened One") 147
Ne-sha-pa-na-cumin (Charles Journeycake) 149
Samson Occum 153
Molly Ockett 156
Pagits 159
Quanah Parker 161
Essie Parrish 164
Passaconaway 167
Piapot 170
Pope (Popay) 174
Porcupine 177
Pretty-Shield 179
Rolling Thunder 181
Juan de Jesus Romero (Deer Bird) 183
Sanapia 186
Shoniagizik 188
Short Bull 191
Sitting Bull (Hana cha-thi ak) 194
Skolaskin (or Kolaskin) 197
John Slocum 200
Redbird Smith 203
Smohalla 205
Stone Forehead 208
Suwi 210
Sweet Medicine 212
Tavibo (Northern Paiute-White Man) 214
Kateri (Catherine) Tekakwitha 217
Enskwatawa ("Open Door") 220
Albert Thomas 223
Toohoolhoolzote 225
Toypurina (Regina Josefa Toypurina) 228
John Trehero ("Rainbow") 230
Two Wolves 233
Wabokieshiek 235
Wassaja (Carlos Montezuma) 238
White Bird 241
White Buffalo Calf Woman 244
White Bull ("Ice" or "Hail") 246
Eleazar Williams 249
Wodziwob ("Gray Hair") 251
Wolf Chief 254
Wovoka (Jack Wilson) 256
Allen Wright 259
Thomas Yellowtail 261
Appendix A Native American Spiritual Practitioners and Healers by Birth Date 265
Appendix B Native American Spiritual Practitioners and Healers by Nation or Group 269
Bibliography 273
Index 281
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