By By (author) Gary Rhine, Edited by Phil Cousineau By (author) Huston Smith
During this number of illuminating conversations, popular historian of worldwide religions Huston Smith invitations ten influential American Indian non secular and political leaders to discuss their five-hundred-year fight for spiritual freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into essentially the most extraordinary instances 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 amazing erudition and curiosity--and respectfully framing his questions in mild 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) supply a powerful evaluate of the serious concerns dealing with the local American group this present day. Their principles approximately spirituality, politics, relatives with the U.S. govt, their position in American society, and the ongoing power in their groups supply voice to a inhabitants that's all too frequently neglected in modern discourse. The tradition they describe isn't really a relic of the prior, nor a historic interest, yet a residing culture that maintains to form local American lives.
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Other themes explored in this chapter include Echo-Hawk’s description of Native American religion as a “mark of humanity,” “a way of life, and a way of prayer,” in contrast to institutionalized worship. For his part, Smith explores “why religion matters” out of his deep concern over the suffocation of the human spirit by the materialism of modern times. Here he discusses the indigenous worldview that he now champions in books 25 26 FIVE HUNDRED NATIONS WITHIN ONE and lectures all over the world, a religion that permeates everyday life and offers a transcendent view of reality, but one whose survival he is deeply concerned about.
We’re also saying human beings are nothing more than material, but we have plenty of evidence that that’s not true. If you look at traditional native healing, a lot of it can’t be done today, because we’re in an urban, mechanized context. Many of those old Indian healers were able to do things that modern science has not begun to do. They had to learn from the animals and the birds and all the other creatures how to get along in this world, rather than embracing the idea that we are just visitors on this Earth.
Of course, the Al Smith case picked on the most powerless group of the land to strip them of their right to practice their religion. ] They SPIRITUAL MALAISE IN AMERICA 13 targeted them so as to deprive them of their constitutional rights to their sacrament peyote, a harmless cactus. ” That is precisely the right word! DELORIA: If it just acts in its brute force, it’s not law in its better expression. ” DELORIA: I was told when I was studying in the seminary that the original Hebrew concept of law was meant to point the way, but then it degenerated into all those rules and regulations.
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