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Red Man's Religion  
Product ID: 0-226-84167-7
Red Man's Religion
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (September 1972)
  • Author: Ruth M. Underhill
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • ISBN: 0-226-84167-7
  • Condition:  Very Good - (contains library stamp)


 Red Man's Religion

By:  Ruth M. Underhill

From Back Cover

In this classic account of the religion of American Indians north of the Rio Grande, Ruth Underhill examines religious behavior and belief and the ways in which these are adapted to various Indian lifeways throughout the continent.

Focusing on Indian religious ceremonies, she specifies the different spiritual needs of big game hunters, seed gatherers, and planters and details the ways these requirements are expressed in vastly different ceremonies and beliefs about birth, death, and the spirits.  The study concludes with a consideration of new religions evolved by the Indians after contact with the white man, including the Ghost Dance and the Peyote Religion

"The distinctive contribution of Red Man's Religion is the treatment of topics, the insight and perspective of the author, and her ability to transmit these to the reader. . .Traits and aspects of religion are not treated as abstract entities, to be enumerated and summated, assigned a geographic distribution, and then abandoned.  No page is a dry recital; each is an illumination.  Insight and wisdom are framed in poetic prose.  An offering of information is such a medium merits gratitude." -- American Anthropologist

The late Ruth M. Underhill studied Indian history and customs for many decades, first as a student, then as an official of the Indian Bureau, as an anthropologist and as a writer and worker in Indian affairs.  Her Red Man's America, available in paperback from the University of Chicago Press, is widely known and highly regarded.

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