First published in , Vine Deloria Jr.’s God Is Red remains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our. God is Red: A Native View of Religion, 30th Anniversary Edition [Vine Deloria Jr., Leslie Silko, George E. Tinker] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. God Is Red [Vine Deloria Jr.] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Deloria offers an alternative to Christianity through a return to Indian beliefs.
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The majority of the book seems to be focused toward pointing out the superiority of the Indian tribal religions. This book especially struck me on this point, as I picked it up at a bookstore on the Umatilla Reservation in Eastern Oregon and read it while in what was the homeland of the Nez Perce until the white people decided it was choice territory and forced them into Idaho. This was the first step on the path to becoming a multinational religion, the one and only absolute truth for everyone, in every place, for all eternity.
He describes the way that the Christian religion has failed the earth and is now failing people and the ways in which tribal religions are better able to help people live good and fulfilling lives in harmony with each other and with the planet. 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 Western conception of time is not about the eternal cycles of passing seasons; it is linear — a bloody one-way pilgrimage from the miracle of creation to the tumultuous end of the world, a constantly intensifying cyclone of population, progress, pollution, and bad craziness.
Christianity’s claim to apply to all people of all times makes its practitioners have an extremely difficult time understanding how other people can be tied to the land to the extent that, say, they’re willing to turn down a large amount of money because they’d rather keep their land even when a lot of them are desperately poor, as happened with Blue Lake and the Taos Pueblo. Winter Apsaroke, photo by Edward Curtis Tribal Religions and Contemporary American Culture.
In addition, one of the things that has really struck me is his statement that in this land the USGod is red–ie, the indigenous belief system of all the land that we drive over, build houses, malls, and schools on, and generally foul up is that of its indigenous people. The lack of community in Western culture is something that a lot of sociologists have noticed in books like Bowling Alone: I wish I had read the first edition of this book, instead of the revised 30th anniversary edition.
Environmentalists want to save forests and lakes and the rare animals because they are beautiful and represent a barometer of our environments health and biodiversity. That said, this book really gave me a lot to think about. 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.
Deloria’s background is in history, religion, and politics and that is where he excels. Because must of the commentary examining Christianity concerned recent events, I am curious if the earlier editions focus more on Native American religion. God Is Red is not uniformly good throughout. At the same time, he tries to cover so many topics that I never felt as though anything except the points I will mention in the next paragraph was really explored in-depth.
Having said this, I think it would be a great read for anyone who lives in the US, as it offers a deeper understanding of why Natives to this day value their ancestral land so dearly.
God Is Red: A Native View of Religion Summary & Study Guide
Aug 31, Holly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Yes, I agree that the world has much to thank indigenous people for, particularly in regards to scientific information and spiritual connections that non-Natives often steal in acts of cultural appropriation and pretend it’s their belief ; and I agree that the desecration of sacred indigenous sites is deloriaa.
The Great Spirit, in placing men on earth, desired them to take good care of the ground and to do each other no harm. These beliefs are also compared and contrasted against the beliefs of goe cultures, especially those of Western Europeans and Americans.
They are This is a dense book that deals with a lot of issues, and I’m not going to be able to cover them all here because I have limited space and my reviews are long enough anyway. When they start to occupy valuable U.
I feel like I could listen to these thoughts for the rest of my life on loop and only be the better for it.
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This is an old criticism and dealt with extensively elsewhere, but what I liked was Deloria’s mention that in claiming no innate cultural attributes, Christianity is vulnerable to taking on attributes of whatever culture it’s practiced in. The earth was beautiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.
View all 3 comments. I would not hesitate to I wish I had read the first edition of this book, instead of the revised 30th anniversary edition. She said everything I would say, but more eloquently than I could. Books by Vine Deloria Jr. The future of humankind lies waiting for those who will come to understand their lives and take up their responsibilities to all living things. I can imagine that this book is being used in colleges in their Native American classes, and I believe I would have preferred to have studied this with a professor than to have read it on my own, as I would have learned so much more th This scholarly work by Vine Deloria, Jr.
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Their religions are meant to help people survive harmoniously with the land. In their religion there is no concept of “the fall,” so the whole of creation was good and everything had to work together for the good of all. Rather, there are many passages in which the author applauds the stalwart faith of the non-violent Christian. Feb 07, Loren Toddy rated it it was amazing. Deloria is perhaps what today we call a religious extremist, but his university educated mind channels the point of view sorely lacking in today’s discourse in religious tolerance: The ground says, The Great Spirit placed me here to produce all that grows on me, trees and fruit.
It’s supposed deoria be transformative, but there’s little evidence of that. The wastewater is coming from businesses, the hospi Really solid book. And if all those horrors were committed by people who aren’t real Christiansthen where are the real Christians and why didn’t they stand up and try to stop all the murderers, or at least to speak out? Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
The grass says the same thing. The two cultures have almost nothing in common when it comes to beliefs in this area. View freely available titles: For Native Americans, it’s all tied up in culture and daily life.