OUT OF PRINT As Snow Before the Summer Sun: An Exhibit on our Relationship to the Natural Environment â€“ A Resource Guide examines the spiritual values of the Hodenosaunee/Iroquois, James Bay Cree, and Lubicon Cree from a First Nation's perspective. The Woodland Cultural Centre organized the exhibition and conference of the same name in 1992. Exhibition guest curator Dawn J. Hill from Six Nations of the Grand River wrote the Resource Guide. Her respect for the spiritual knowledge of the Elders is evident. The book is divided into three sections.
Writing as a historian of religion well acquainted with ethnological materials, John A Grim identifies four patterns in the shamanic experience: cosmology, tribal sanction, ritual reenactment, and trance experience. Relating those concepts to the Siberian and Ojibwe experiences, he draws on stories, sociology, anthropology, and psychology to paint a picture of shamanism that is both particularized and interpretative. As religious personalities, shamans are important today because of their singular ability to express symbolically the forces that animate the cosmology.
UNAVAILABLE Oglala Religion seeks to explain how the Oglala Sioux has preserved its social and cultural identity despite formidable attempts by the U.S. government to eliminate tribal societies. Treating continuity and change as two aspects of the same phenomenon, it focuses on the nature of the uniquely Oglala values that persist, their modes of cultural expression, and the processes by which they are replicated. William K. Powers was a professor of anthropology at Livingston College, Rutgers University.
Bridges in Spirituality: First Nations Christian Women Tell Their Stories documents the experiences of five First Nations women. These experiences are presented as stories that bridge United or Anglican Church and Indigenous spiritual traditions. Sarah Simon, Dr. Jessie Saulteaux, Gladys McCue Taylor, Gladys Taylor Cook and Vi Smith share their knowledge and experiences on a variety of topics including child-rearing, marriage, medicine, traditional lifestyle, residential school, and spirituality. Suitable for high school level to adult.
First Nations Faith and Ecology is a highly readable introduction to the diversity of contemporary First Nations spirituality and values. Includes brief accounts of several Creation narratives; understanding symbols such as the sacred circle; and examples of healing and spiritual resurgence among the Native peoples of Canada and the U.S. Suitable for high school level to adult.
The Journey: Stories and Prayers For the Christian Year From People of the First Nations is ideal for personal reflection and mediation. This collection of First Nations stories, gathered from members of the Anglican faith from across Canada, are arranged according to the church calendar from Advent to Pentecost. NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Tsi Rawennakera:ton Ne Sken:nen Ron:nis – The Birth of the Peacemaker is a bilingual Mohawk and English language resource adapted by Tewateronhiakwa Mina Beauvais for elementary level students at Kanehsatake, Quebec. This Mohawk text explains the birth of The Peacemaker and his important mission of peace to the Iroquois. This condensed version outlines the circumstances surrounding the boy's birth and ends with his preparation of the stone canoe just prior to setting out on the journey of peace. This ten page illustrated text is written in Mohawk with an English translation.
Rotiianehrenhseraka:ion Kanien'keha Tehontenonhwera:tons - Traditional Mohawk Ceremonies was produced in Mohawk and English by the Kanehsatake Resource Centre. The bilingual book explains the annual cycle of ceremonies maintained by the Mohawk people. These ceremonies of thanksgiving begin with Midwinter. The simple descriptions for each ceremony are written in Mohawk and English and are accompanied by full-colour illustrations by Kanehsatake artist Ellen Gabriel. Also included is a brief description of the marriage ceremony.
Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen - Thanksgiving Address is produced by the Kanehsatake Resource Centre, Quebec as a language resource. The Thanksgiving Address was adapted by Kawinonhsen Audrey Nelson. This illustrated text is available in the Mohawk Language only. No English translation in this title. This cerlox bound text is an excellent teaching resource for anyone learning Kanehsatake Mohawk. Please note: cost reflects publisher's full-colour photocopying expenses.