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By Suzanne J. Crawford O'Brien

ISBN-10: 1576075176

ISBN-13: 9781576075173

ISBN-10: 1576075206

ISBN-13: 9781576075203

This broad paintings is going past comparable surveys that attention in basic terms on anthropology and heritage and explores the non secular practices, pursuits, associations, key figures, ceremonial platforms, and spiritual accoutrements indigenous to North the USA, from the precontact period to the current. Taking a deep and expert glance particularly on the non secular and non secular nature of local american citizens, the encyclopedia locations traditions inside their ancient and theoretical context, interpreting their relevance inside of local non secular existence and perform in addition to in the educational examine of religion.

Topics coated contain key rules and matters, non secular and political leaders, fundamental ceremonies, mythic figures, and comparable cultural matters, similar to basketry, whaling, farming, and bison searching, that have spiritual value for local peoples. individuals contain famous students of yank Indian non secular tradition, together with many that come from tribal traditions and will provide priceless insights and observations from their own experience.

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The Hopi and other Pueblo cultures celebrate the presence of ancestral spirit beings, called Katsinam, for the majority of the year. These beings provide rain, fertility, and social stability through exemplary conduct used to teach the people how to live. Similarly, the Diné (Navajo) utilize the symbolism of corn and the cycles of the growing seasons to pattern both their ceremonial lives and their behavior toward one another and to the universe. Apaches likewise view their reliance on the seasonal cycles as indicative of their sacred responsibilities.

Great Basin The Great Basin culture refers to an arid inland region encompassing much of the western United States. Consisting of a vast natural basin, with occasional rocky uplands breaking up long stretches of mostly barren desert, the region is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada range on the west, the Rocky Mountains on the east, the Columbia Plateau on the north, and the Colorado Plateau on the south. The region includes the open expanse of the Mojave Desert in the southwest, which provides a stark exception to the general ecological makeup of the area.

Evergreen forests thrive where there is soil enough to support them, and huge trees form dense canopies that block out much sunlight. Springs and streams from mountain glaciers feed numerous rivers, which, along with the ocean at the coast, provide abundant fish, and the forests are home to abundant plants and animals, providing a wealth of foods and medicines for the Indian peoples of the region. Northwest Coast peoples speak a variety of languages, with linguistic families ranging from Athapaskan and Penutian, to Salishan and Wakashan.

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