SAIL . SPRING 2004 . VOL. 16, NO. 1 families, and communities that found ways to make this particular aspect of the broader colonial project work, as much as possible, for them. Lee Irwin, ed. Native American Spirituality: A Critical Reader. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. 334 pp. Suzanne Evertsen Lundquist Native American Spirituality: A Critical Reader ought to be renamed. Or at least the "critical reader" idea should be given first billing. Fourteen scholars with excellent academic credentials and publication records conjoin to produce a book of essays concerning ethical approaches to the study of Native American religious practices. In his introductory essay, Lee Irwin defines "spirituality" as activities that establish "connectedness to core values and deep beliefs" as well as "a pervasive quality of life that develops out of an authentic participation in values and real-life practices meant to connect members of a community with the deepest foundations of personal affirmation and identity" (3). One could expect, with such an introductory clarification of spirituality, a work dedicated to an understanding of the daily activities of Native peoples--those activities that have allowed traditional peoples to survive the incursions of arrogant outsiders. Evidently Native religious practices have
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 4, 2004
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