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The reluctant pilgrim : a skeptic's journey into native mysteries

Author: Roger L Welsch
Publisher: Lincoln ; London : University of Nebraska Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Named Person: Roger L Welsch; Roger L Welsch
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger L Welsch
ISBN: 9780803254343 0803254342
OCLC Number: 894937052
Description: xiv, 276 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgments1. A Lesson from Stones2. Lessons from People Who Know3. A Lesson from Elders4. Early Lessons5. Definitions and Distinctions6. The Lesson of the Skulls7. Resistance to the Irresistible8. The Lesson of the Dolmen9. A Lesson from the Pipe10. The Lesson of the Feather11. The Dubious Eye of Coyote12. A Lesson from Poop13. The Pilgrim14. Establishing a Cosmic Buffer Zone15. A Lesson from Touching the Fire16. Lessons from the Zealot17. Lessons from Real Shock and Awe18. Lessons of Hubris19. Lessons from Mother Corn and Father Buffalo20. Lessons from the Nahurac21. Where Lessons Are Lost22. Lessons of Place23. Lessons from Lines24. Lessons from the Fourth Hill25. Lessons from Lessons26. Lessons from the Muse27. Lessons from the Power28. A Lesson from Prayer29. Still More Lessons from Lessons30. Lessons in BriefThe Lessons of Others: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography
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"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."--

"An honest and revealing description of one skeptic's spiritual journey from his Lutheran upbringing to Native sensibilities"--

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"Roger Welsch let himself be engulfed by the world Native people know and was swallowed whole in the waters of its deep and ageless sea. The Reluctant Pilgrim tells the stories of some of the things Read more...

 
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