By By (author) Gary Rhine, Edited by Phil Cousineau By (author) Huston Smith
During this selection of illuminating conversations, popular historian of worldwide religions Huston Smith invitations ten influential American Indian religious and political leaders to speak about their five-hundred-year fight for spiritual freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into essentially the most outstanding situations of tragic irony in heritage: the rustic that prides itself on non secular freedom has resolutely denied those self same rights to its personal indigenous humans. With awesome erudition and curiosity--and respectfully framing his questions in gentle of the revelation that his discovery of local American faith helped him around out his perspectives of the world's religions--Smith skillfully is helping exhibit the intensity of the audio system' wisdom and adventure. 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 man Lopez (Lakota-Sioux), and Oren Lyons (Onondaga) offer a powerful evaluation of the severe concerns dealing with the local American group this present day. Their principles approximately spirituality, politics, family with the U.S. executive, their position in American society, and the continued power in their groups supply voice to a inhabitants that's all too frequently missed in modern discourse. The tradition they describe isn't a relic of the prior, nor a ancient interest, yet a dwelling culture that maintains to form local American lives.
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ECHO-HAWK: I think that is partially true. The other part of the truth is that many of the tribal religions were forced to go underground. For a period of eighty years, from 1854 to 1934, it was illegal to practice tribal religions in the United States. So many of these tribes, for several generations, evolved a tactic of secrecy; they were not permitted to expose certain sacred knowledge to outsiders. A lot of the ceremonies of these tribes were done in secret, and it became a tenet of their faith that one could be punished or sanctioned for violating these tenets.
Our individual experiences tell us that there is a nonphysical realm that we have to come to grips with. SMITH: Oh, you’re stirring up all kinds of opinions in me! Let me run this one by you. In the indigenous view, spirit is ﬁrst and, if anything, matter is a kind of “spin-off” from spirit, whereas in the modern scientiﬁc view, matter is fundamental, and spirit is like the foam on top of the beer. You can have beer without the foam—spirit—but you can’t have foam without the beer—matter. DELORIA: Yes, well, many tribes reverse that and agree with modern physics that the universe is essentially an idea.
Included in a number of plenary sessions. Five years later you have been given prime time to bring the religious freedom concerns of Native Americans to the attention of the world. That’s an encouraging development. The second reason your people have been given prime billing, as I see it, is because of where this Parliament is being held. We all know that the reason it is convening in Cape Town is because its organizers wanted to highlight the issue of justice. There is no place on this planet that so graphically calls to mind the injustice human beings inﬂict on each other as South Africa.
A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom by By (author) Gary Rhine, Edited by Phil Cousineau By (author) Huston Smith