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Road to the Sundance: My Journey Into Native Spirituality Hardcover – July 25, 1996

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In this unexceptional autobiographical account, Twofeathers, an Indian elder, describes his journey into spiritual awakening. Although he previously tried to find fulfillment in Catholicism and Buddhism, he says he remained an empty vessel. Twofeathers did not experience "rebirth" until he participated in the Native American sundance, the most sacred and guarded ritual of the Shoshoni and Lakota. The sundance is a ceremony in which participants undergo a spiritual healing; the dancers often make a commitment to self-sacrifice for others. Twofeathers describes many Native American sacred rituals, including Lakota body piercing, buffalo-skull dragging, and the building of the sacred arbor. He depicts the enlightenment and interconnectedness that the dancers feel during this experience and sheds light on the mysteries of the sundance. However, in the end his writing is flat and he does not involve or move the reader. For Native American and spirituality collections.?Vicki Leslie Toy Smith, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
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A casual account of intensely painful ceremonial rituals that provide pathways to the spiritual world of the Shoshoni and Lakota peoples. The usual picture of religious self-flagellation pales compared with what Twofeathers, a Native spiritual leader and craftsman, undergoes to achieve a higher understanding. Writing in a relaxed conversational prose, Twofeathers describes how, at urgings from the spirit world, he began to immerse himself in the yearly Sundance rituals held throughout the West. At first, his participation in the Shoshoni ritual merely required him to dance nearly continuously under a hot sun for four days, whthout food or water. Graduating to the Lakota ceremony, Twofeathers has his chest pierced with bones to which ropes are affixed, tying Twofeathers to a sacred tree; running backwards at full speed is the painful means of seaparating from the tree. But there's more. Twofeathers also has his back piereced to enable him to drag up to eight buffalo skulls four times around a sacred arbor. As a veteran of these practices, Twofeathers comes to regard himself as a healer (to the amazement of doctors, he dissolves his agonizing gallstones and somewhat alleviates his high blood pressure and diabetic problems through spiritual medicine), a seer, and a counselor, whose services are sought after within the Native American community. Paralleling his account of these rites is the tale of his success as a craftsman of ``medicine wheels'' and ``dream catchers,'' which are eagerly snapped up at craft fairs and New Age gatherings, and the saga of his unhappy family life, which is finally stabilized, thanks in large part to his flesh sacrifices. A modest and likeable narrator, Twofeathers avoids the self- righteous polemics sometimes found in this genre, and while the gorier sections are initially jolting, his aplomb in withstanding pain and coming back for more lends a certain normalcy to this ritual. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (July 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786862157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786862153
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,913,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As one who knows Manny and is a Sundancer I recommend this book to anyone who truely wants some understanding of this most beautiful and powerful prayer. Manny's descriptions of how he got to this road and the road he traveled are straightforward and descriptive without loosing the respect for the ceremony. He describes the heart it takes to follow the Sundance Road.
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Format: Hardcover
Having met Manny Twofeathers, my hopes for the book were
high when I heard he had written it. I was not disappointed;
it's beautiful and heartwarming.

As a Sundancer, Manny is part of one of the sacred ways of
many of the Plains tribes (as well as coastal and Southwestern
tribes). He tells of the Sundance in honest and open
terminology, of his experiences of it, and gives of himself
while doing so. His story is accurate, as well, and tells
in detail of many aspects of the Lakota Sundance, as well as
some of the history of it.

For those who are interested in the traditional ways of
doing things, I recommend this book. For those who are
curious about Native spiritual ways, I recommend this book.
For those who want to learn about the Sundance, I also
recommend this book. And for those who want to hear an
honest man's story of spiritual change, I highly and
emphatically recommend this book.
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By Brandy on February 26, 2016
Format: Paperback
I find this book very inspiring and very influential and it only made me want to know more about being Native American and I give this book 5 stars because it deserves it for the right your story that was told by many two feathers
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Format: Hardcover
I CAME ACROSS THIS BOOK ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND IT SAT ON MY SHELF. RECENTLY, MY SPIRITUALITY HAS BEEN LACKING AND CERTAINLY IN NEED OF INSPIRATION. I AM NOT NATIVE AMERICAN, YET THIS BOOK MOVED ME AND GAVE ME A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF FAITH AND A MUCH NEEDED INJECTION OF THE NEED TO RESPECT ALL PEOPLE. IN MY CASE, MANNY REACHED THE EAST.
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I can see why everyone loves this book-It's actually a prayer-the book is a prayer of a devout Sundancer and the purpose is to bless the reader-don't at all be surprised when you have a pleasantly strange dream after reading this book. It's Manny's way! Lots of hardcore piercings because the artist here wants to suffer to bring you the best! The Indian way of sacrifice.
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If you have ever wondered what native American spirituality & ceremony is like you should read this book. The descriptions of the feelings that one goes through during their first sun dance ceremony and after are exactly what I felt on my journey. This book brought tears to my eyes as I read it. Uncle Manny was a great man and this book only tells a small part of who he was and what he went through to gain his native spirituality back.
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