Recovering the Sacred

Recovering the Sacred

The Power of Naming and Claiming

Book - 2005
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When she invites us to "recover the sacred," Native American organizer Winona LaDuke is requesting far more than the rescue of ancient bones and beaded headbands from museums. For LaDuke, only the power to define what is sacred - and gain access to it - will enable Native American communities to remember who they are and fashion their future. Based on a wealth of research and hundreds of interviews with indigenous scholars and activists, LaDuke's book examines the connections between sacred sites, sacred objects, and the sacred bodies of her people, focusing on the conditions under which traditional beliefs can best be practiced.

Describing the numerous gaps between mainstream and indigenous thinking, she probes the paradoxes that abound for peoples of the Americas and points a way forward for Native Americans and their allies.

Publisher: Cambridge : South End Press ; [Toronto : Distributed by Between the Lines], c2005
ISBN: 9781896357959
Characteristics: 294 p. : ill


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Apr 02, 2019

In this book Winona LaDuke, a member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg of the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, relates a number of ways Native Americans are pursuing the reclamation of land, resources, history, memory and nomenclature in the United States. The sum total of victories so far has been unjustly few, and decidedly rage-inducing, but LaDuke finishes on a somewhat hopeful note in the final chapters.

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