Manitou: The Sacred Landscape of New England's Native Civilization

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In the summer of 1974 Byron Dix discovered in Vermont the first of many areas in New England believed to be ancient Native American ritual sites. Dix and coauthor James Mavor tell the fascinating story of the discovery and exploration of these many stone structures and standing stones, whose placement in the surrounding landscape suggests that they played an important role in celestial observation and shamanic ritual.

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Overview

In the summer of 1974 Byron Dix discovered in Vermont the first of many areas in New England believed to be ancient Native American ritual sites. Dix and coauthor James Mavor tell the fascinating story of the discovery and exploration of these many stone structures and standing stones, whose placement in the surrounding landscape suggests that they played an important role in celestial observation and shamanic ritual.

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Editorial Reviews

Annals of the Earth Nancy Jack Todd
"Through this work we see our landscape anew. Now when we go to the woods, where before we saw just low walls, we have learned to see stone mounds and marked trees, vigil places, pointer, marker, and god stones. Walking there has come to be an honoring of a time when all life was holy."
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". . . among the few innovative advances in the field of New England archaeology in recent years . . . looks at a class of data which are ordinarily overlooked by both prehistorians and historians, and begins to fit them into a new paradigm . . . sensitively written and generally well-supported by documentary and excavational evidence."

"This ground-breaking treatment, handsomely illustrated with photos, maps, and line drawings, will unquestionably propel the emerging field of American geomancy considerably forward. A contemplation of the manitou worldview, presented here with excellence and mature excitement, yields a radically different appraisal of a fundamental aspect of our national history and geography, while suggesting new land use and conservation parameters for the future."

"Through this work we see our landscape anew. Now when we go to the woods, where before we saw just low walls, we have learned to see stone mounds and marked trees, vigil places, pointer, marker, and god stones. Walking there has come to be an honoring of a time when all life was holy."

Yoga Journal
"This ground-breaking treatment, handsomely illustrated with photos, maps, and line drawings, will unquestionably propel the emerging field of American geomancy considerably forward. A contemplation of the manitou worldview, presented here with excellence and mature excitement, yields a radically different appraisal of a fundamental aspect of our national history and geography, while suggesting new land use and conservation parameters for the future."
Nancy Jack Todd
"Through this work we see our landscape anew. Now when we go to the woods, where before we saw just low walls, we have learned to see stone mounds and marked trees, vigil places, pointer, marker, and god stones. Walking there has come to be an honoring of a time when all life was holy."
Massachusettes Archaeological Society
". . . among the few innovative advances in the field of New England archaeology in recent years . . . looks at a class of data which are ordinarily overlooked by both prehistorians and historians, and begins to fit them into a new paradigm . . . sensitively written and generally well-supported by documentary and excavational evidence."
From the Publisher

"This ground-breaking treatment, handsomely illustrated with photos, maps, and line drawings, will unquestionably propel the emerging field of American geomancy considerably forward. A contemplation of the manitou worldview, presented here with excellence and mature excitement, yields a radically different appraisal of a fundamental aspect of our national history and geography, while suggesting new land use and conservation parameters for the future."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892810789
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1989
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,287,546
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Mavor was an oceanographic engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He was one of the designers of the deep submersible Alvin, and he initiated the Minoan excavations on Thera, which culminated in the publication of Voyage to Atlantis. Byron Dix, now deceased, was an optical designer. For fifteen years they worked together researching New England anthropology and archaeo-astronomy.

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Table of Contents

Manitou
The Sacred Landscape of New England's Native Civilization
Acknowledgments
Prologue
1. First Discovery in Vermont
2. A Pleiades and Sun Sanctuary at the Source of Waters
3. Stone Mounds in Massasoit's Domain
4. Native American Traditions of Stone and Earthworks
5. Land and Sky
6. Indian Meet the Jesuits, Pilgrims, Puritans and Quakers
7. The Eighteenth Century
8. Shakers and Shamanistic Christianity
9. Traditions of Stoneworks in North America, Europe and the Arctic
10. Earthquakes and Vision Quests in the Land of the Mohegans
11. Nashoba
12. Back to Calendar One
13. Manitou
Notes
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2001

    passionate and comprehensive

    As a historical researcher i've enjoyed the depth of discovery and comprehensive analysis of the facts. One's understanding of these places will be incomplete without the perspective set fouth in this book.

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