Books on Native American Traditions
There is controversy in the Native American community as to which of the many books on Native American legends and proverbs authentically represent Native American traditions. I put this question out to the members of the Native American Forum on The Microsoft Network. Two books (so far) were hihly recommended. One is History, Myths and Sacfred Formulas of the Cherokees, by James Mooney. (order on-line) This book is a reprint of portions of the text of two Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology, (1891 and 1900) and is published byBright Mountain Books. The second is Words Of Power:Voices From Indian America, edited by Norbert S. Hill, Jr. (Oneida). (order on-line) I'm told it crosses all tribes and generations in presenting Indian proverbs, sayings and stories.
Here are reviews of some other books:
Gift of Power, by Archie Lame Deer
Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, by Kent Nerburn
The Native American Sweat Lodge: History and Legends, by Joseph Bruchac
Native Heart: An American Indian Odyssey by Gabriel Horn (White Deer of Autumn).
The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards, by Archie Lame Deer
An Interview with Wallace Black Elk, by Bert H. Hoff
Native American Traditions: Honoring or Exploitation?, by Ron Knobbe
A Response to Ron Knobbe, by Halim Dunsky
Becoming Native to Your Place, by Jed Diamond
And on The Microsoft Network:
Be sure to check out our Native American Traditions Bulletin Board on the Men's Forum. What do you think of men's use of these traditions? Come and share your thoughts!
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