Road to the Sundance: My Journey into Native Spirituality

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A Native American spiritual elder shares many of his experiences of sacred Shoshoni and Lakota rituals, including piercing and buffalo-skull dragging and the Sundance, the rigorous four-day spiritual awakening.
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A Native American spiritual elder shares many of his experiences of sacred Shoshoni and Lakota rituals, including piercing and buffalo-skull dragging and the Sundance, the rigorous four-day spiritual awakening.
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In this unexceptional autobiographical account, Twofeathers, an Indian elder, describes his journey into spiritual awakening. Although he previously tried to find fulfillment in Catholicism and Buddhism, he says he remained an empty vessel. Twofeathers did not experience "rebirth" until he participated in the Native American sundance, the most sacred and guarded ritual of the Shoshoni and Lakota. The sundance is a ceremony in which participants undergo a spiritual healing; the dancers often make a commitment to self-sacrifice for others. Twofeathers describes many Native American sacred rituals, including Lakota body piercing, buffalo-skull dragging, and the building of the sacred arbor. He depicts the enlightenment and interconnectedness that the dancers feel during this experience and sheds light on the mysteries of the sundance. However, in the end his writing is flat and he does not involve or move the reader. For Native American and spirituality collections.Vicki Leslie Toy Smith, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786882441
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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