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The Peyote Religion Among the Navaho [Paperback]

by David F. Aberle
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October 15, 1991 0806123826 978-0806123820 Second Edition

"David F. Aberle’s book on Navajo peyotism is by far the most comprehensive and complete of any on a North American tribe, and the Navajo nation is the largest in the United States. He discusses the specific politico-economic context and the crisis in the longtime struggle, and traces in detail the conflict of the traditional and the new religion." – Weston La Barre.

"A sound, scholarly work which has joined the ranks of anthropological classics since its original 1966 publication." –American Indian Quarterly.

"The chapters attending to the rituals of Peyotism and the contrast between it and Navaho religion are particularly good, though none of the materials can be faulted. Of import are the chapters explicating the Native American Church, Navaho style, in the theoretical context of social movements." –Choice.

"An exhaustive (but fascinating) study....Aberle makes a strong case for the right of those who believe in peyotism to practice their religion unhampered by law or social stigma." –Library Journal.

"Today peyotism is a political as well as a religious issue to the Navaho people....A large part of [this] scholarly and impressive contribution is devoted to this aspect....Aberle has not been content to present ritual divorced from philosophy, and his discussion of the underlying though of peyotists is valuable to the student of religions in general....[His] study of the economic aspects of peyotism is closely detailed, and indeed, this book is one of the few publications which present such material in compact form for any North American Indian group." Science.


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David F. Aberle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology in the University of British Columbia, is well known for his publications on the Navajo. In a new preface to this edition he describes the impact on Navaho peyotism of the 1990 U.s. Supreme Court decision, the reduced supplies of Texas peyote, and the competition from evangelical Christianity.

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Second Edition edition (October 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806123826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806123820
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars History of Navajo religion March 3, 2010
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Very in depth book for one who is interested in the beliefs and emotions behind Navajo religion. The author has done a very complete study irregardless of the fact that it is written about the 40-50's. It is still important to understand where someone came from.
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