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Around the Sacred Fire

Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era

Authors: Treat, J.

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Around the Sacred Fire is a compelling cultural history of intertribal activism centered on the Indian Ecumenical Conference, an influential movement among native people in Canada and the U.S. during the Red Power era. Founded in 1969, the Conference began as an attempt at organizing grassroots spiritual leaders who were concerned about the conflict between tribal and Christian traditions throughout Indian country. By the mid-seventies thousands of people were gathering each summer in the foothills of the Rockies, where they participated in weeklong encampments promoting spiritual revitalization and religious self-determination. Most historical overviews of native affairs in the sixties and seventies emphasize the prominence of the American Indian Movement and the impact of highly publicized confrontations such as the Northwest Coast fish-ins, the Alcatraz occupation, and events at Wounded Knee. The Indian Ecumenical Conference played a central role in stimulating cultural revival among native people, partly because Conference leaders strategized for social change in ways that differed from the militant groups. Drawing on archival records, published accounts, oral histories, and field research, James Treat has written the first comprehensive study of this important but overlooked effort at postcolonial interreligious dialogue.

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JAMES TREAT teaches in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. He is the editor of Native and Christian: Indigenous Voices on Religious Identity in the United States and Canada and For This Land: Writings on Religion in America.

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'Treat has rescued an important area of Indian activism that has gone virtually unnoticed - the Indian Ecumenical Conference. Gathering scattered documents and conducting personal interviews, he presents an exciting history of efforts by traditional people to offer their own solution to modern social problems. Incisive and precise, this book opens additional vistas for the reader'. - Vine Deloria, Jr., author of God is Red and Custer Died for Your Sins

'important, insightful, and well-written.' - Lee Irwin, author of The Dream Seekers

'Treat has resuced an important area of Indian activism that has gone virtually unnoticed - the India Ecumenical Conference. Gathering scattered documents and conducting personal interviews, he presents an eciting history of efforts by traditional people to offer their own solution to modern social problems. Incisive and precise, this book opens additional vistas for the reader.' - Vine Deloria, Jr., author of God is Red and Custer Died for Your Sins

'...yields valuable stories and insights from contemporary Native voices...highly recommended.' - P. Harvey, Choice


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Prologue

    Pages 1-10

    Treat, James

  • “Spiritual Revival for Indians”

    Pages 13-36

    Treat, James

  • “Disharmony and Religious Feuds”

    Pages 37-60

    Treat, James

  • “The Churches Must Listen”

    Pages 61-88

    Treat, James

  • “About Saving the World”

    Pages 89-120

    Treat, James

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Around the Sacred Fire
Book Subtitle
Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-05175-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-05175-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6103-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-73098-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 376
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