Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality

Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality

by Philip Jenkins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195189108

ISBN-13: 9780195189100

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In books such as Mystics and Messiahs, Hidden Gospels, and The Next Christendom, Philip Jenkins has established himself as a leading commentator on religion and society. Now, in Dream Catchers, Jenkins offers a brilliant account of the changing mainstream attitudes towards Native American spirituality, once seen as degraded spectacle, now hailed as New Age

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In books such as Mystics and Messiahs, Hidden Gospels, and The Next Christendom, Philip Jenkins has established himself as a leading commentator on religion and society. Now, in Dream Catchers, Jenkins offers a brilliant account of the changing mainstream attitudes towards Native American spirituality, once seen as degraded spectacle, now hailed as New Age salvation.
Jenkins charts this remarkable change by highlighting the complex history of white American attitudes towards Native religions, considering everything from the 19th-century American obsession with "Hebrew Indians" and Lost Tribes, to the early 20th-century cult of the Maya as bearers of the wisdom of ancient Atlantis. He looks at the popularity of the Carlos Castaneda books, the writings of Lynn Andrews and Frank Waters, and explores New Age paraphernalia including dream-catchers, crystals, medicine bags, and Native-themed Tarot cards. He also examines the controversial New Age appropriation of Native sacred places and notes that many "white indians" see mainstream society as religiously empty. An engrossing account of our changing attitudes towards Native spirituality, Dream Catchers offers a fascinating introduction to one of the more interesting aspects of contemporary American religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195189100
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Terminologyxi
Acknowledgmentsxii
1Haunting America1
2Heathen Darkness20
3Discovering Native Religion, 1860-192047
4Pilgrims from the Vacuum, 1890-192065
5Crisis in Red Atlantis, 1914-192592
6Brave New Worlds, 1925-1950113
7Before the New Age, 1920-1960135
8Vision Quests, 1960-1980154
9The Medicine Show175
10Thinking Tribal Thoughts197
11Returning the Land223
Conclusion: Real Religion?245
Notes257
Index299

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