American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-3

October 30, 2020
American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-3

How is peyote used in Native American religious ceremonies?How do various tribes conduct the rites of birth, adolescence,marriage, and death? What is potlatch and why was its practiceforbidden? Readers will learn how religious tradition influencesNative American social, political, and material culture and viceversa.Combining the work of Native Americans and non-Native scholars,this reference work explores indigenous North American religions,religious practices, and rituals.This extensive work goes beyond similar surveys that focus onlyon anthropology and history and explores the religious practices,movements, institutions, key figures, ceremonial systems, andreligious accoutrements indigenous to North America, from theprecontact era to the present. Taking a deep and informed lookspecifically at the religious and spiritual nature of NativeAmericans, the encyclopedia places traditions within theirhistorical and theoretical context, examining their relevancewithin Native religious life and practice as well as within theacademic study of religion.Topics covered include key ideas and issues, religious andpolitical leaders, primary ceremonies, mythic figures, and relatedcultural subjects, such as basketry, whaling, farming, and bisonhunting, which have religious significance for Native peoples.Contributors include noted scholars of American Indian religiousculture, including many who come from tribal traditions and canoffer valuable insights and observations from their personalexperience.150+ entries including extensive entries that address complexkey ideas and pan-tribal movements, placing them within theirhistorical and contemporary contextsComprehensive lists of further readings for each entry thatprovide the reader resources for deeper researchIllustrations including photos of community members, prominentplaces within traditional sacred geographies, regalia, basketry,traditional artwork, and moreMaps detailing tribal homelands, sidebars providing backgroundof regional groups, and a listing of recognized tribeshttps://products.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A1474C