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Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming

Category: Book
By (author): LaDuke, Winona
Subject:  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights
  RELIGION / Antiquities & Archaeology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Publisher: Between the Lines
Published: August 2005
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 8.40in x 5.40in
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From The Publisher*

When she invites us to "recover the sacred," Native American organizer Winona LaDuke is requesting far more than the rescue of ancient bones and beaded headbands from museums. For LaDuke, only the power to define what is sacred ? and gain access to it ? will enable Native American communities to remember who they are and fashion their future. Based on a wealth of research and hundreds of interviews with indigenous scholars and activists, LaDuke's book examines the connections between sacred sites, sacred objects, and the sacred bodies of her people, focusing on the conditions under which traditional beliefs can best be practiced.

Describing the numerous gaps between mainstream and indigenous thinking, she probes the paradoxes that abound for peoples of the Americas and points a way forward for Native Americans and their allies.

From The Publisher*A compelling argument for First Nations?' right to define what is sacred by one of North America'?s foremost Native activists and environmentalists
From The Publisher*When she invites us to "recover the sacred," Native American organizer Winona LaDuke is requesting far more than the rescue of ancient bones and beaded headbands from museums. For LaDuke, only the power to define what is sacred-and gain access to it-will enable Native American communities to remember who they are and fashion their future. Based on a wealth of research and hundreds of interviews with indigenous scholars and activists, LaDuke's book examines the connections between sacred sites, sacred objects, and the sacred bodies of her people, focusing on the conditions under which traditional beliefs can best be practiced.
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"Winona LaDuke reminds us that colonialism is alive and well in the Americas with universities, business and government continuing to attempt to appropriate indigenous lands, cultural artifacts and genetic history. At the same time, a sense of optimism pervades Recovering the Sacred, with the book showing us how indigenous peoples have resisted these colonialisms. In doing so, Winona LaDuke provides us with a potential road map to the future."

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"Thoughtful, tough, impressively informed, Recovering the Sacred tells a profound story. To survive, we need to listen."

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"Winona LaDuke is one of America's most important writers, and this is her most important book. With precision and eloquence, she makes clear not only that the theft of all things indigenous continues to this day but also that resistance to this theft is becoming ever stronger. She makes equally clear that if we are to survive we must stop stealing from and begin listening to those humans and nonhumans whose land we have stolen, whose land we live on."

Biographical NoteWinona LaDuke is a writer, teacher, and activist. She is a graduate of Harvard University and was the Green Party vice-presidential candidate in the 1996 U.S. election. She lives on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.