The Sons of the Wind: The Sacred Stories of the Lakota

The Sons of the Wind: The Sacred Stories of the Lakota

by DM Dooling
     
 

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The Sons of the Wind presents the mythology and sacred spirits of the Lakota. Based on information given to Dr. James Walker a century ago by Lakota Holy Men, this compilation includes the cycle of creation, the appearance of spirits and animals, the making of the four directions, and the coming of the Real People.

D. M. Dooling was founder and editorial director of

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The Sons of the Wind presents the mythology and sacred spirits of the Lakota. Based on information given to Dr. James Walker a century ago by Lakota Holy Men, this compilation includes the cycle of creation, the appearance of spirits and animals, the making of the four directions, and the coming of the Real People.

D. M. Dooling was founder and editorial director of Parabola Magazine and president of the Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition. She was the editor of A Way of Working: The Spiritual Dimension of Craft and coeditor of I Become Part of It: Sacred Dimensions in Native American Life

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KLIATT
This collection of five Lakota creation myths was written down in the nick of time. They are spiritual, mystical stories collected by James Walker, a medical doctor who, in 1896, came to the Pine Ridge, South Dakota reservation. When an epidemic struck, Dr. Walker became acquainted with the shamans, whose help he sought in the healing. He recorded the memories of George Sword, one of the last of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) shamans. Even in 1896, there were only a few of these spiritual leaders left, and they had no students to whom to transfer their knowledge. Some suspect that Walker invented devices to shape fragments into a whole, but no one alive can confirm this; what he left, at his death, was several versions of the stories. Dooling has produced a kind of Good News For Modern Man (a version of the Bible written in modern English) from his work. She says it is for lovers of myth, not those who demand fidelity to original texts. This book is part of an effort to enable the Lakota to know their foundations—to understand from whence they came. The stories themselves, though told in simple language, are somewhat hard to track by the uninitiated. Larger than life "Spiritual Beings" do improbable mystical acts pregnant with meaning and portent, as do the mythological figures of the ancient Greek and Romans in their stories. This may not be the work of a thoroughgoing scholar; what Dooling gives Indians and others is an accessible version of the stories. It is a valuable source for tribal groups and individuals who are frustrated with complex and confusing scholarly originals but want to learn the old stories and reconnect with ancient spiritual traditions. KLIATT Codes:SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1985, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 142p, notes, 21cm, 99-054969, $11.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Edna M. Boardman; former Lib. Media Spec., Magic City Campus, Minot, ND, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806132242
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
OKLAHOMA P
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

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Peter Mathiessen
An eloquent and accessible rendering of the mighty creation myth of the Lakota people, which ranks among the most stirring in earth literature.
Barry Lopez
The Sons of the Wind makes clear the the marvelous range and subtlety of the Lakota imagination. D.M. Dooling's faithful version of this origin myth is splendid work. It unfolds like a fine novel.

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D. M. Dooling was founder and editorial director of Parabola Magazine and president of the Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition. She was the editor of A Way of Working: The Spiritual Dimension of Craft and coeditor of I Become Part of It: Sacred Dimensions in Native American Life.

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