Distinguished Native American Spiritual Practitioners and Healers

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The lives and practices of 100 healers and spiritual leaders from a variety of North American Native peoples are described here. Included are both historical and contemporary figures. While some of the figures are well known, such as the Apache Goyathlay (Geronimo), others are more obscure. This book is one of the few available sources of detailed information on their lives and careers.

Entries include a summary of the individual's life, a history of the person's early life, a description of the highlights of his or her career as a healer or spiritual practitioner, and recommendations for further reading. Photos of the individuals illustrate 26 of the entries. A bibliography, subject index, and two appendixes that list individuals by birth date and by Nation or group round out the volume.

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TROY R. JOHNSON is a professor of American Indian Studies and U.S. History at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author, editor, or associate editor of 17 books and numerous scholarly journal articles and has presented a score of papers at scholarly conferences. His area of expertise also includes American Indian activism, federal Indian law, Indian child welfare, and Indian youth suicide.

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Although there is increased interest in Native American religious practices, there are relatively few new reference books on the topic. Johnson, California State University-Long Beach associate professor of American Indian studies, provides a basic reference tool on the lives of 100 contemporary and historical Native spiritual leaders. Each of the 100 lengthy (1,000 to 2,000 word) entries begins with a "quick summary heading" listing the individual's full name at birth (with variants), birth and death data, education, and leadership title. Entries conclude with a three- to nine-item bibliography for further reading and research. Wherever possible, a Web site and a black-and-white photograph are included.

Subjects include Aiowantha (Hiawatha), Charles Eastman, Quanah Parker, Susan La Flesche Picotte, Pretty-Shield, Kateri Tekakwitha, and White Buffalo Calf Woman. Some were educated as medical practitioners; others were cultural heroes recognized by their nation as prophets or healers. There are two appendixes. One lists "Native American Spiritual Practitioners and Healers by Birth Date" (year), and the second lists them by nation or group. The lengthy bibliography includes three double-columned pages of Web sites.

The introduction does not explain how the main entry names were selected. In some cases, the entry heading reflects the subject's birth name (as in the case of the person commonly known as Hiawatha, whose entry is under Aiowantha). In other cases the entry appears under the commonly recognized name (for example, Sitting Bull). See entries help resolve most difficulties. Other drawbacks include guide words being listed only on odd-numbered pages and no guide to pronunciation.

Even with its minor shortcomings this work is helpful, especially in locating biographical information on healers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There is some overlap with Encyclopedia of Native American Religions: An Introduction (rev. ed., Facts On File, 2000), which offers discussions of spiritual traditions as well as biographical information on Christian missionaries like Marcus Whitman. Teamed together these two works will provide good coverage. This moderately priced reference work will be most useful in public and college libraries where there is a local or curricular need for information on Native American religious practices. RBB
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