- Paperback: 369 pages
- Publisher: Navajo Community College Press; Sixth Printing of Redesigned Edition edition (June 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0912586249
- ISBN-13: 978-0912586243
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sacred: Ways of Knowledge Sources of Life Sixth Printing of Redesigned Edition Edition
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In 1987 I published the following book review in the prestigious American Indian Quarterly. Some twenty-one years later, by beliefs remain the same, but my hopes that "The Sacred: Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life" would become a regularly used textbook and standard reference book in libraries remain unfulfilled. And for me the question remains, how do I get people to read this book? I did my part, utilizing it as a textbook for classes I taught at Rocky Mountain College, Northern Montana College, and Carroll College, all here in Montana. When I left Carroll College, the instructor who took my place continued to use "The Sacred" for several years. Since then, however, it has been dropped for more "up to date" books, hoping to reinvent the wheel. Here, then, is my published review:
One is seldom afforded the opportunity to read such an exemplary book as Peggy V. Beck and Anna L Walters' "The Sacred: Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life." As alaudatory contribution towards better literature on American Indians, "The Sacred" serves as both a fundemental resource and a textbook. Although it has been ten years since the book was first published, the book is once more available for classroom use. It is fitting, therefore, that it be re-reviewed in an effort to bring renewed interest in "The Sacred" as both a textbook and a resource.
The impetus for writing and publishing "The Sacred" is to provide a textbook that emphasizes "the traditional characteristics of sacred ways in North America" (p. xii; emphasis in the original).Read more ›
The material in this textbook will attempt to describe, not intrude by analysis, the meaning, role and function of sacred traditional practices and observances in the lives of The People, individually and collectively. This textbook will perhaps also help to correct the misinformed views of Native American sacred traditions and observances. These views fill the archives, the libraries, the movies, and the textbooks students use throughout the world. By simply letting The People speak we may come to better understand the profoundness of strength, beauty, and vitality of this dimension of American Indian People.
Many Native People find it difficult to explain their ways of life, beliefs, traditions, and observances with the word "religion" Therefore, we tried to find a word that would better describe sources of life and ways of knowledge. For this reason we chose the word sacred which we will define in more detail later on in this chapter. (page 3)
The Path of Life
The place from which you had started at the beginning seemingly a long time ago, will now appear very close as if you had started but recently.
Within several religions around the world is the philosophy or idea that life is envisioned as a path or road. The terrain through which it winds and goes is representative of the pitfalls, or turns of life one must encounter as one travels the "road of life." This is made explicit in the ceremony, like the Mide of the Winnebago. The above quote comes from this ceremony.Read more ›
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Came in perfect condition ! its for my class so im not so in love with it but its interesting ;DPublished 17 months ago by Soua
I paid for the new version and received an old 1977 version so I got screwed with my money on this purchase.Published on March 2, 2014 by Sarah Cranert
I still haven't received my book yet. I ordered my book the first week of January. It said it would ship by January 17. It had not shipped until January 20. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Tara
Book came by date promised. Very clean and even better than stated in ad. Very pleased with purchase. Would purchase from this seller again. A++++Published on March 23, 2010 by J. Rhoan