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The Man Who Knew The Medicine

Author: Henry Niese
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 159143856X
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The teachings of Bill Eagle Feather, Sun Dance chief and medicine man of the Rosebud Sioux, as told by his apprentice. • Reveals personal accounts of important Native American rituals such as the yuwipi and the sun dance. • Includes stories and teachings from the last years of Bill Eagle Feather's life. Lakota medicine man Bill Schweigman Eagle Feather gained widespread recognition as an uncompromising spiritual leader in the 1960s when he defied a U.S. government ban on Indian religious practice and performed the Sun Dance ritual with public piercing. He continued on as Sun Dance chief and teacher of the Lakota way of life until his death in 1980. Author Henry Niese met Bill Eagle Feather during a sweatlodge ceremony preceding a Sun Dance on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in 1975. That was the beginning of the relationship between student and teacher that is captured with humor and respect in The Man Who Knew the Medicine. Niese brings readers along on his journey from outsider to initiate to elder, a transformation guided by Bill Eagle Feather. He describes sacred traditions such as the sweatlodge, the yuwipi, and the powerful Sioux Sun Dance, which Niese participated in for 16 years on the Rosebud reservation. His firsthand accounts provide a portal into a sacred reality as well as insight into the struggles of the Indian community to perpetuate its values and religious truths in the context of contemporary America. Above all, The Man Who Knew the Medicine offers the opportunity to experience the unique personality of a fascinating individual and respected healer through the eyes of a friend and a student.

The Beauty Of The Primitive

Author: Andrei A. Znamenski
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199883793
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For the past forty years shamanism has drawn increasing attention among the general public and academics. There is an enormous literature on shamanism, but no one has tried to understand why and how Western intellectual and popular culture became so fascinated with the topic. Behind fictional and non-fictional works on shamanism, Andrei A. Znamenski uncovers an exciting story that mirrors changing Western attitudes toward the primitive. The Beauty of the Primitive explores how shamanism, an obscure word introduced by the eighteenth-century German explorers of Siberia, entered Western humanities and social sciences, and has now become a powerful idiom used by nature and pagan communities to situate their spiritual quests and anti-modernity sentiments. The major characters of The Beauty of the Primitive are past and present Western scholars, writers, explorers, and spiritual seekers with a variety of views on shamanism. Moving from Enlightenment and Romantic writers and Russian exile ethnographers to the anthropology of Franz Boas to Mircea Eliade and Carlos Castaneda, Znamenski details how the shamanism idiom was gradually transplanted from Siberia to the Native American scene and beyond. He also looks into the circumstances that prompted scholars and writers at first to marginalize shamanism as a mental disorder and then to recast it as high spiritual wisdom in the 1960s and the 1970s. Linking the growing interest in shamanism to the rise of anti-modernism in Western culture and intellectual life, Znamenski examines the role that anthropology, psychology, environmentalism, and Native Americana have played in the emergence of neo-shamanism. He discusses the sources that inspire Western neo-shamans and seeks to explain why lately many of these spiritual seekers have increasingly moved away from non-Western tradition to European folklore. A work of intellectual discovery, The Beauty of the Primitive shows how scholars, writers, and spiritual seekers shape their writings and experiences to suit contemporary cultural, ideological, and spiritual needs. With its interdisciplinary approach and engaging style, it promises to be the definitive account of this neglected strand of intellectual history.


Author: Andrei A. Znamenski
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415311922
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Mircea Eliade descibed shamanism as the primal religion of humanity, the 'archaic technique of ecstasy'. The books of best-selling author Carlos Castaneda made it part of popular culture. Since the 1960s shamanism has continued to attract the attention of scholars, artists, writers and the general public. The most intriguing aspect of this religion is the ability of shamans to enter into contact with spirits on behalf of their communities. The first eighteenth-century explorers of Siberia dubbed shamanism a blatant fraud. Later, academic observers stamped it as 'neurotic delusion'. In the 1960s shamans were recast as 'wounded healers', who sacrifice their lives for the spiritual well being of their communities. Many current writers and scholars treat shamanism as ancient wisdom that has much to teach us about true spirituality. This anthology tells the story of shamanism in Eurasia, North and South America, Africa and Australia. It brings together for the first time fifty-six articles and book excerpts by anthropologists, psychologists, religious scholars and historians, illustrating the variety of views on this subject.

The Medicine Is Sacred

Author: Henry Niese
Publisher: Logosophia
ISBN: 9780981575759
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Literary Nonfiction. Native American Studies. Spirituality. Anyone seeking to understand the deeper meaning of the Sioux Nation Sundance—which centers on the most sacred piercing ritual in the Native world—will find revelation and guidance here. Henry Niese, who is entering his ninetieth year, provides a soulful testimony to the rigors and rewards of this sacred practice. He escorts the reader through a host of healing ceremonies, where the supernatural occurs as readily as the natural, including the miraculous revival of a dying newborn child, and a cancer cure through a Sundancer's sacrifice. The work concludes with observations on the role of the sacred path in everyday life, and how a non- linear perspective—a Native American way of seeing the world—may shake our very foundations. Henry Niese brings to the reader a unique experience, an insider's view of the sacred as well as the ordinary day-to-day life in Indian country. "This is the most powerful piece on the Native Americans I have ever read and deserves the widest circulation it can get. One of the encouraging signs of our times is mainline medicine's recognition that it does not have all the answers, and, as a corollary, its willingness to pay serious attention to alternative modes of healing. It is in this spirit that I welcome Henry Niese's book, THE MEDICINE IS SACRED."—Huston Smith "A powerful journey into deep tradition. It opens door to ceremony which binds us together and bonds us to the Earth. It helps us to shed the idea of separateness and to recognize our one-ness with the universe. Honored Ancient Ones!! Our spirits soar as we walk in your shadow!"—Grandmother Red Leaf "In the 1980s American Indian spirituality, especially the Sundance, blossomed on the Lakota reservations in western South Dakota. Henry Niese in THE MEDICINE IS SACRED describes first-hand, his personal participation in numerous Sundance ceremonies over many years. He describes Lakota rituals in great detail, displaying his great love and devotion to Lakota religious tradition and the Lakota people, especially on the Rosebud reservation. His close personal association with Lakota medicine men and religious leaders like Chief Eagle Feather Schweigman, Moses Big Crow, Arthur Running Horse, Elmer Running, and others is described with great personal affection and openness. His down-to-earth descriptions, comments and insights will give the reader a true, in-depth, and at times chilling insight into the great sacrifices and spiritual powers found in the Lakota Sundance and spirituality."—William Stolzman

Ojibwa Warrior

Author: Dennis Banks
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806183314
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Dennis Banks, an American Indian of the Ojibwa Tribe and a founder of the American Indian Movement, is one of the most influential Indian leaders of our time. In Ojibwa Warrior, written with acclaimed writer and photographer Richard Erdoes, Banks tells his own story for the first time and also traces the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The authors present an insider’s understanding of AIM protest events—the Trail of Broken Treaties march to Washington, D.C.; the resulting takeover of the BIA building; the riot at Custer, South Dakota; and the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee. Enhancing the narrative are dramatic photographs, most taken by Richard Erdoes, depicting key people and events.

A Toltec Path

Author: Ken Eagle Feather
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9781571740236
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Discover the Toltec Path of initiation, an ancient method for exploring and managing perception.