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The dream seekers : Native American visionary traditions of the Great Plains

Author: Lee Irwin
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1994.
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 213.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Dream Seekers, Lee Irwin demonstrates the central importance of visionary dreams as sources of empowerment and innovation in Plains Indian religion." "Irwin draws on 350 visionary dreams from published and unpublished sources that span 150 years to describe the shared features of cosmology for twenty-three groups of Plains Indians. This comprehensive work is not a recital but an understandable exploration of  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Irwin
ISBN: 0806126434 9780806126432
OCLC Number: 29549480
Notes: UNC Charlotte Libraries notes:
#29549480xMG1194
Description: xii, 306 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Culture, dreams, and theory --
Greater plains cosmography --
Space, time, and transformation --
Isolation and suffering --
Rites and preparations --
Mystery of presence --
Transfer of power --
Sharing the dream --
Mythic discourse --
Visionary arts.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 213.
Other Titles: Civilization of the American Indian series
Responsibility: by Lee Irwin ; foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.
Local System Bib Number:
.b11731229

Abstract:

"In The Dream Seekers, Lee Irwin demonstrates the central importance of visionary dreams as sources of empowerment and innovation in Plains Indian religion." "Irwin draws on 350 visionary dreams from published and unpublished sources that span 150 years to describe the shared features of cosmology for twenty-three groups of Plains Indians. This comprehensive work is not a recital but an understandable exploration of the religious world of Plains Indians." "The different means of acquiring visions that are described include the spontaneous vision experience common among Plains Indian women and means such as stress, illness, social conflict, and mourning used by both men and women to obtain visions. Irwin describes the various stages of the structured male vision quest as well as the central issues of unsuccessful or abandoned quests, threshold experiences during a vision, and the means by which religious empowerment is attained and transferred."--Jacket.
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