By By (author) Gary Rhine, Edited by Phil Cousineau By (author) Huston Smith
During this number of illuminating conversations, popular historian of global religions Huston Smith invitations ten influential American Indian non secular and political leaders to speak about their five-hundred-year fight for spiritual freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into probably the most awesome circumstances of tragic irony in background: the rustic that prides itself on spiritual 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 event. 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 magnificent evaluate of the severe matters dealing with the local American group this present day. Their rules approximately spirituality, politics, kinfolk with the U.S. executive, their position in American society, and the continued energy in their groups supply voice to a inhabitants that's all too usually overlooked in modern discourse. The tradition they describe isn't a relic of the earlier, nor a historic interest, yet a dwelling culture that maintains to form local American lives.
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W alter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, is a courtroom attorney, political activist, lobbyist, tribal judge, and scholar. As senior staff attorney of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), he has been a powerful champion of human rights. Echo-Hawk has worked on cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights, and reburial and repatriation rights. He was a leader in the Indian civil rights campaign to obtain passage of the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act, which required the return of ancestral remains to tribal descendants.
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. Let us see, is this real, Let us see, is this real, This life I am living? You Spirits, you dwell everywhere, Let us see, is this real, This life I am living? PAWNEE WAR SONG HUSTON SMITH: Walter, I’m going to begin by telling you something you don’t know.
But let’s move on. Let me ask you about the Great Spirit. Is that a personal God? DELORIA: It’s personal because the universe is personal. That’s the way we say things. What I’m getting at is epistemology. If we just took an ordinary group of people, what can we reasonably know? ” The philosophers and theologians stagger around the question and go through generations of experiences and then they come out and say, well there seems to be a personal energy underneath all this, which is what physics is saying now.