A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom / Edition 1

A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom / Edition 1

by Huston Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520251695

ISBN-13: 9780520251694

Pub. Date: 03/05/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


In this collection of illuminating conversations, renowned historian of world religions Huston Smith invites ten influential American Indian spiritual and political leaders to talk about their five-hundred-year struggle for religious freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into one of the most striking cases of tragic irony in…  See more details below

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In this collection of illuminating conversations, renowned historian of world religions Huston Smith invites ten influential American Indian spiritual and political leaders to talk about their five-hundred-year struggle for religious freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into one of the most striking cases of tragic irony in history: the country that prides itself on religious freedom has resolutely denied those same rights to its own indigenous people. With remarkable erudition and curiosity—and respectfully framing his questions in light of the revelation that his discovery of Native American religion helped him round out his views of the world's religions—Smith skillfully helps reveal the depth of the speakers' knowledge and experience. American Indian leaders Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux), Winona LaDuke (Anishshinaabeg), Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Frank Dayish, Jr. (Navajo), Charlotte Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), Douglas George-Kanentiio (Mohawk-Iroquois), Lenny Foster (Dine/Navajo), Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga), Anthony Guy Lopez (Lakota-Sioux), and Oren Lyons (Onondaga) provide an impressive overview of the critical issues facing the Native American community today. Their ideas about spirituality, politics, relations with the U.S. government, their place in American society, and the continuing vitality of their communities give voice to a population that is all too often ignored in contemporary discourse. The culture they describe is not a relic of the past, nor a historical curiosity, but a living tradition that continues to shape Native American lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520251694
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/05/2007
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
253
Sales rank:
1,236,652
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
The Indian Way of Story
Introduction: The Primal Religions
Huston Smith

1. The Spiritual Malaise in America:
The Confluence of Religion, Law, and Community
A conversation with Vine Deloria Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)
2. Five Hundred Nations within One:
The Search for Religious Justice
A conversation with Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee)
3. Ecology and Spirituality:
Following the Path of Natural Law
A conversation with Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabeg)
4. The Homelands of Religion:
The Clash of Worldviews Over Prayer, Place, and Ceremony
A conversation with Charlotte Black Elk (Oglala Lakota)
5. Native Language, Native Spirituality:
From Crisis to Challenge
A conversation with Douglas George-Kanentiio (Mohawk-Iroquois)
6. The Triumph of the Native American Church:
Celebrating the Free Exercise of Religion
A conversation with Frank Dayish Jr. (Navajo)
7. The Fight for Native American Prisoners’ Rights:
The Red Road to Rehabilitation
A conversation with Lenny Foster (Navajo)
8. Stealing Our Spirit:
The Threat of the Human Genome Diversity Project
A conversation with Tonya Gonella Frichner (Onondaga)
9. The Fight for Mount Graham:
Looking for the Fingerprints of God
A conversation with Anthony Guy Lopez (Lakota Sioux)
10. Redeeming the Future:
The Two Instructions of Spiritual Law
A conversation with Oren Lyons (Onondaga)
11. The Healing of Indian Country:
Kinship, Custom, Ceremony, and Oratory
A conversation with Vine Deloria Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)

Afterword
Huston Smith
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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