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Contemporary Theology

January 19, 2020 10:00am

Address: Church of the Good Shepherd, 7834 Tennyson NE, Albuquerque, NM US 87122

This book is an introductory text on Native American religious traditions, including a variety of specific examples from many Native American tribes, incorporating Brown’s personal stories, particularly those of his friendship and work with Black Elk. There are discussions on time, space, nature, language, oral culture, aesthetics, rituals and ceremonies. “As Brown came to understand something of Native American religious traditions, he found himself having to reorient his academic mindset. He describes how Black Elk challenged him to reevaluate his expectations and reassess his preparedness to understand religions: ‘I was eager to hear Black Elk talk about religious matters. All he talked about, though, was animals…Finally, it occurred to me that, in talking about animals and birds, the wind and the four directions, he was…indeed, speaking a sacred, metaphysical language, but it was phrased in terms of living realities in the immediacy of one’s experience.’”

 The book is available new and used from Amazon and used from Biblio.com.

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