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Jun 25, Claire rated it liked it. There is a too-lengthy digression on the astronomical theories of Immanuel Velikovsky, whose Worlds in Collision has been ridiculed by the scientific community— apparendy for good reason. He berates modern white people for “idealizing” Native Americans and in the very next chapter makes statements like, “The Indian does not fear death.

In short, it has failed to save humanity, but has actually contributed to deep flaws within contemporary life. Apr 28, Reiden rated it really liked it Shelves: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

The Indians of the American Imagination.

The first and most blatant is the bizarre diversion off into Immanuel Velikovsky ‘s Worlds in Collision and its theories about Venus being a comet and Venus and Mars ping-ponging around the solar system to produce many of the ancient accounts of miracles. The wastewater is coming from businesses, the hospital, the morgue, sewage – a very big deal – and studies have found it contains harmful contanimants such as pharmaceuticals, hormones and cancer causing agents.

If I write a paper on the book, I’ll post it. His writing is a strong call to the kind of self-analysis that helps white Americans to grow up, examine their values, and shamed-faced ask the questions that have never occurred to them before.

Basically, Humphry’s Peak is the central altar for the Hopi and a sacred place for 13 tribes in the Southwest. Contents The Indian Movement.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion by Vine Deloria Jr.

I don’t deny the horrors that American Christianity has brought upon the First Peoples, but I do resent Deloria’s assumption that Chris Angry and polemical. She said everything I would say, but more eloquently than I could.


In polite conversation, it remains rude to contemplate our responsibility for leaving behind a somewhat habitable planet for eed kiddies. In all, God is Red is a fascinating, in-depth analysis and criticism of one of the world’s largest players: At times Deloria seems to fail to discriminate between major and minor abuses. Nonetheless, I’m glad I saw a recommendation to read it when I went to the National Museum of the American Indianand if any of arguments within interest you I’d suggest that you read it too.

My library Help Dellria Book Search. He discusses the differences between Christian beliefs and those of native tribal nations, and how their fundamental differences have prevented them from coming to any remote understanding of each other, particular the distinction between time and space when it comes to how drloria measure themselves, and the focus on the human versus focus on nature.

Their religions are meant to help people i harmoniously with the land. God Is Red is bine uniformly good throughout. In the Indian tribal religion, death is nothing to fear. There are three editions of God is Red,spanning a tu God is Red fascinated me. I think some people see this book as an attack because it isn’t the new-agey description of Native American religious practices they expected. It’s supposed to be transformative, but there’s little evidence of that.

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References to this book Naming the enemy: I don’t think this book would be an enjoyable read for anyone who follows a strong Christian belief system. Aug 27, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. God is Red should be read and re—read by Americans who want to understand why the United States keeps losing the peace, war after war.

They had no doubt that he would return during their lifetime. Beginning the book, the reader may suspect that he has a misbound copy, for the first three chapters, some twenty percent of the text, do not deal with religion at all. By and by, the Roman Empire was rotting away from decadence and delirium, softening it up for a spectacular blind date with vicious mobs of bloodthirsty barbarians.


They talk to each other, and they’ll talk to you if you listen. Deloria’s background is in history, religion, and politics and that is where he excels.

I started reading this book while taking a comparative religions class. The book also explores the strong relationship Natives Americans have with the geography in which they have lived, as well as the plant and animal kingdom they encounter.

We need to have a relationship with the world around us. They never learned to listen to the Indians, so I don’t suppose they’ll listen to other voices in nature.

Deloria heavily criticizes this temporal focus, both for its supposed tendency to make Christians focus on the concerns of the next world at the expense of this one, and for its lack of any tie to the land along with the focus on stewardship or subduing the earth, leading to a lack of ecological awareness and directly contributing to the upcoming ecological catastrophe.

If the afterlife is so blissful, why is it that the members in the Christian faith are the ones who are most afraid of dying? The majority of the book seems to be focused toward pointing out the superiority of the Indian tribal religions.

Over all, I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in American religious ideology. Aug 31, Holly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. This is not to say that is Deloria’s intent, to convert people. Many do not know the names or faces of most folks in their neighborhood.

In a world where we are told that we need to listen to the shrill, self-serving vinw of “Creationists” demanding that we teach “Intelligent Design”, this book presents, what may be fundamentally similar views and somehow manages to not sound willfully obstructionist.