Peyote Religious Art: Symbols of Faith and Belief (Folk Art and Artists Series) Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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An examination of the vibrant traditional and folk arts inspired by the sacramental use of peyote by members of the Native American Church
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- Publisher : University Press of Mississippi; 1st Edition (January 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 116 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1578060966
- ISBN-13 : 978-1578060962
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.25 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #670,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But in reality, this is a very good and useful overview of an ancient and still-vibrant American Church movement. Origins are explained well, if not in too much detail, and the various ceremonies themselves are outlined with accuracy.
And then there is the art and the artifacts. Some fine examples of Peyote Visual Arts are featured like the sacred implements used by the Road-Man and his helpers as well as the personal items, fans, gourd rattles and cedar storage boxes.
There are great pictures of silverwork, altar cloths, hide and ledger-book paintings, and sacred staffs from differing fireplaces.
Probably what I like most about this book, is the respectful and dignified approach to the subject itself. Even the title expresses respect.
The institution of the Native American Church has been controversial throughout it's whole history, but Daniel Swan assumes the topic from the standpoint of what it is to the people who attend and worship: the Art of an ancient American religion, and it's symbols of Faith and Belief.