Stars above, Earth below: American Indians and Nature

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This timely collection of essays and photographs explores the creation stories, rituals and myths, hunting and farming methods, and the belief in using the gifts of the earth to present Native American perspectives on nature.

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Overview

This timely collection of essays and photographs explores the creation stories, rituals and myths, hunting and farming methods, and the belief in using the gifts of the earth to present Native American perspectives on nature.

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Gabrielle Shaw
Through collaboration with so many knowledgeable authors, the information in this book is valuable and impressive. -- ForeWord Magazine
Library Journal
The contributors to this essay collection are drawn from disciplines that range from anthropology to astronomy to ornithology and include N. Scott Momaday, a Kiowa who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for House Made of Dawn (LJ 6/15/68). The essays fall into five categories: "Origin Stories," "Astronomy," "Animals," "Botany," and "Nature and Society." Each section begins with a general overview and contains information on Native American groups throughout North America. These are followed by more detailed essays focusing on specific tribes or cultures. The book is an excellent companion to North, South, East, West: American Indians and the Natural World (LJ 9/15/98), the exhibition catalog of the Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and photographs of artifacts from the exhibition greatly enhance the text. This fascinating work helps flesh out the amorphous relationship between Native Americans and the environment and is recommended for anthropology collections in academic and large public libraries.--John Burch, Hagan Memorial Lib., Williamsburg, KY
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Collects 13 essays which describe how American Indians think about the natural world by examining the creation stories of the various Native groups, their rituals and myths, their hunting and farming methods, and their ways of using the gifts of Mother Earth. Topics include themes in American Indian origin stories, American Indian astronomy, American Indian plant use, Corn Man and Tobacco Woman in Pima cosmology, and nature as a model for American Indian societies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570981982
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
1 Native American Attitudes to the Environment 3
2 Distributed Power: An Overview: A Theme in American Indian Origin Stories 15
3 Tlingit Origin Stories 29
4 Four American Indian Origin Stories: Lakota, Seneca, Jicarilla Apache, and Tlingit 47
5 American Indian Astronomy: An Overview 65
6 Animals in American Indian Life: An Overview 95
7 Ethno-Ornithology of the Zuni 119
8 Ecology, Conservation, and the Buffalo Jump 139
9 American Indian Plant Use: An Overview 167
10 The Sacred Cedar Tree of the Kakaka'wak People: Daisy Sewid-Smith and Chief Adam Dick Interviewed 189
11 Corn Man and Tobacco Woman in Pima Cosmology 211
12 Nature as a Model for American Indian Societies: An Overview 231
13 Origins: Through Tewa Eyes 255
Index 264
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