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The Reluctant Pilgrim : A Skeptic's Journey into Native Mysteries.

Author/Creator:
Welsch, Roger.
Publication:
Nebraska : Bison Books, 2015.
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1 online resource (165 pages)
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Folklorists -- Religious life -- United States.
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Summary:
Forty years ago, while paging through a book sent as an unexpected gift from a friend, Roger Welsch came across a curious reference to stones that were round, "like the sun and moon." According to Tatonka-ohitka, Brave Buffalo (Sioux), these stones were sacred. "I make my request of the stones and they are my intercessors," Brave Buffalo explained. Moments later, another friend appeared at Welsch's door bearing yet another unusual gift: a perfectly round white stone found on top of a mesa in Colorado. So began Welsch's lesson from stones, gifts that always presented themselves unexpectedly: during a walk, set aside in an antique store, and in the mail from complete strangers.   The Reluctant Pilgrim shares a skeptic's spiritual journey from his Lutheran upbringing to the Native sensibilities of his adoptive families in both the Omaha and Pawnee tribes. Beginning with those round stones, increasing encounters during his life prompted Welsch to confront a new way of learning and teaching as he was drawn inexorably into another world. Confronting mainstream contemporary culture's tendency to dismiss the magical, mystical, and unexplained, Welsch shares his personal experiences and celebrates the fact that even in our scientific world, "Something Is Going On," just beyond our ken.
Contents:
Intro
Title Page
Copyright Page
Dedication
Epigraph
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. A Lesson from Stones
2. Lessons from People Who Know
3. A Lesson from Elders
4. Early Lessons
5. Definitions and Distinctions
6. The Lesson of the Skulls
7. Resistance to the Irresistible
8. The Lesson of the Dolmen
9. A Lesson from the Pipe
10. The Lesson of the Feather
11. The Dubious Eye of Coyote
12. A Lesson from Poop
13. The Pilgrim
14. Establishing a Cosmic Buffer Zone
15. A Lesson from Touching the Fire
16. Lessons from the Zealot
17. Lessons from Real Shock and Awe
18. Lessons of Hubris
19. Lessons from Mother Corn and Father Buffalo
20. Lessons from the Nahurac
21. Where Lessons Are Lost
22. Lessons of Place
23. Lessons from Lines
24. Lessons from the Fourth Hill
25. Lessons from Lessons
26. Lessons from the Muse
27. Lessons from the Power
28. A Lesson from Prayer
29. Still More Lessons from Lessons
30. Lessons in Brief
The Lessons of Others
About Roger Welsch
Other Works by Roger Welsch.
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Print version: Welsch, Roger The Reluctant Pilgrim
ISBN:
9780803274259
9780803254343
OCLC:
923711875