Native American Religious Identity Unforgotten Gods


Weaver, Jace (Ed.)


Weaver, Jace (Ed.). Native American Religious Identity Unforgotten Gods. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1998. ISBN: 9781570751813. pp. xiii, 242. 8vo. Bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; near fine. Appears unread; as new. Paperback. In this ground-breaking work, some of the best contemporary Native scholars and writers examine the issue of Native religious identity today. Because the traditional Native American view recognizes no sharp distinction between sacred and profane spheres of existence, Native cultures and religious traditions are in many ways synonymous and coextensive. This intimate relationship between culture and religion makes the question of religious identity a vital inquiry.Essays range from the scholarly to the intensely personal, including Christian, traditional, and “post-Christian” perspectives. The range of topics includes a study of Nahua religion and the cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe; the role of Native interpreters in spreading Christianity; a Native writer’s observations of a modern Sun Dance ritual; and an Indian elder’s poignant account of how it felt, after her marriage to a white Canadian, to receive an official card from the government declaring that she was “no longer an Indian” according to the laws of Canada. (#2539) $35.00