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By Lee Irwin

Spirituality could be the such a lot contentious and poorly understood size of local American groups this present day. For generations the non secular ideals and practices of local american citizens were the topic of public fascination and scholarly inquiry. regrettably, this ongoing curiosity has all too often been fueled by means of facile generalizations, misguided details, or irrelevant equipment of research. Given the legacy of misrepresentation and distrust, is it attainable to totally delight in the spiritual meanings and reviews of local Americans?

This quantity bargains a stimulating, multidisciplinary set of essays by means of famous local and non-Native students that discover the issues and clients of figuring out and writing approximately local American spirituality within the twenty-first century. substantial awareness is given to the appropriateness and price of other interpretive paradigms for local faith, together with either "traditional" faith and local Christianity. The publication additionally investigates the ethics of spiritual illustration, problems with authenticity, the commodification of spirituality, and pedagogical practices. Of designated curiosity is the function of discussion in expressing and realizing local American non secular ideals and practices. a last set of essays explores the facility of and reactions to local spirituality from a long term, ancient perspective.

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