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Native American Worldviews
by Jerry H. Gill
- Format: paperback, 293 pages
- Release date: September 1, 2002
- Author: Jerry H. Gill
- Language: english
- Publisher: Humanity Books
- ISBN: 9781591020516 (1591020514)
- Genres: philosophy, mythology
About The Book
In this excellent survey of Native American worldviews, philosopher of religion Jerry H. Gill emphasizes the value and broad contours of Native American belief systems. He presents an integrated view to serve as an introduction to ways of life and perspectives on the world far different from those of the dominant Euro-American culture.
Drawing on the scholarship of anthropologists and specialists in American Indian Studies, Gill brings together much original research in broad, accessible chapters. He explores Native American origin stories, the special connotations given to spatial concepts such as the cardinal directions and the circle, the influence of the seasons and the cycle of life on different cultures, and clan and kinship systems. Separate chapters are devoted to key ceremonies and customs as well as to concepts of health, harmony, virtues, wisdom, and beauty.
The final chapter considers the dire effects on native peoples of the European invasion of North America. Gill discusses the reservation system, attempts at assimilation and resistance, the recent renaissance of American Indian cultures, and prospects for the future. A valuable appendix provides a representative sampling of Native American writings on beliefs and origin stories.
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