Spirit Wars: Native North American Religions in the Age of Nation Building (Paperback)Ronald Niezen (author), Kim Burgess (author of contributions), Manley Begay (author of contributions), Phyllis Fast (author of contributions), Valerie Long Lambert (author of contributions), Michael V. Wilcox (author of contributions), Bernard Perley (author of contributions)
Paperback 274 Pages / Published: 25/08/2000
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"Spirit Wars" is an exploration of the ways in which the destruction of spiritual practices and beliefs of native people in North America has led to conditions of collective suffering - a process sometimes referred to as cultural genocide. Ronald Niezen approaches this topic through wide-ranging case studies involving different colonial powers and state governments: the seventeenth-century Spanish occupation of the Southwest, the colonization of the Northeast by the French and British, nineteenth-century westward expansion and nationalism in the swelling United States and Canada, and twentieth-century struggles for native people's spiritual integrity and freedom. Each chapter deals with a specific dimension of the relationship between native people and non-native institutions, and together these topics yield a new understanding of the forces directed against the underpinnings of native cultures.
Publisher: University of California Press
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
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