I Become Part of It: Sacred Dimensions in Native American Lifeby D. M. Dooling
This collection of essays and stories, many of which first appeared in Parabola magazine, range from descriptions of traditional Native American lifestyles and sacred rituals to startlingly apt prophesies of the coming of Europeans and descriptions of the struggle to live the traditional Native teachings in a world that has gone in a very different direction./i>… See more details below
This collection of essays and stories, many of which first appeared in Parabola magazine, range from descriptions of traditional Native American lifestyles and sacred rituals to startlingly apt prophesies of the coming of Europeans and descriptions of the struggle to live the traditional Native teachings in a world that has gone in a very different direction. Some of the topics explored include kachinas, the irreverent Hopi clowns; Navajo healing sand paintings; a dramatic firsthand description of a spirit-quest; the purpose of art in Native cultures; and the role of masks in ritual and in self-knowledge. The stories included are retellings of traditional tales; the text is further enhanced by a series of powerful illustrations by contemporary Native American artists.
Author Biography: D. M. Dooling was founder and editorial director of Parabola magazine and president of the Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition. Paul Jordan-Smith served as a senior editor of Parabola, with responsibility for the "Epicycles," retellings of traditional stories, myths, and legend.
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This is an invaluable, irreplaceable book that continues to be the core text for my course in Native American Philosophies at Fordham University. The stories convey key aspects of differing Native American world views "from the inside" -- and they are alive, even though they are on the page, inviting the reading to reflect on life and the world from their angle of vision. The essays by leading scholars in the field are beautifully written, well-researched, and productive of insight. They show Native American spirituality as a quality of a whole life that gives it meaning, hope, and effectiveness in a wide web of relationships. The Lakota statement "mitakuye oyasin" -- we are all related -- is an ontological claim, an ethical commitment, and a blessing, all in one, that expresses what the other peoples' represented in this book also believe and live. We others can learn and take hope from these peoples who have endured so much, yet can say "We are still here." -- Judith M. Green, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, New York, USA