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John Slocum and the Indian Shaker Church -- INSCRIBED by author, Robert H. Ruby

Ruby, Robert H. / Brown, John A.;Brown, John Arthur

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ISBN 10: 0806128658 / ISBN 13: 9780806128658
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1996
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Hard Cover -- FINE/FINE -- INSCRIBED by author, Robert H. Ruby --Book and dust jaket are clean and bright with only slightest of shelf wear -- 300 pages with index. First Edition w/full # string. Bookseller Inventory # 302186

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Title: John Slocum and the Indian Shaker Church -- ...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Builder of railroads throughout the United States, Canada, and Russia, designer and constructor of the Panama Canal, discoverer of mountain passes, and advisor to railway officials--all of these accomplishments give evidence that John Frank Stevens, for his time, was one of the greatest civil engineers in the world.Western railroads dominated his career. His early career was in Minnesota and Texas. In 1879 he was hired as an assistant engineer for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, locating and constructing a railway through the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. He established an enviable reputation for his planning of the extremely difficult route through steep canyons of the Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge railroad.The Canadian Pacific provided Stevens with an enormous and vitally important challenge. In 1882 he was hired as a contractorÕs engineer, and rose to construction engineer while helping explore and construct the transcontinental route from Winnepeg through the Rockies and Selkirks to the Pacific Coast.James J. Hill's Great Northern Railroad hired Stevens in 1889 to explore a new crossing of the Rocky Mountains. Stevens explorations led to his discovery of Marias Pass in Montana, which would be used by the Great Northern Railroad. It is the lowest Continental Divide railway pass in the United States north of New Mexico.Stevens explored Washington State's Cascade Mountains in the spring of 1890 for the Great Northern. In the course of his explorations he discovered Stevens Pass over the Cascade Mountains, over which the Great Northern would be built en route to Seattle. In 1895, he became chief engineer of the Great Northern.The Panama Canal was only months into planning when, in 1905, he was appointed chief engineer of the project by President Theodore Roosevelt. For two years he would oversee the planning, transportation, and construction issues of building the canal until the Army Corps of Engineers assumed control.Stevens fought a railroad war for James J. Hill against the forces of Edward Harriman of the Norther Pacific Railroad as he guided construction of the Oregon Trunk Line south from the Columbia River through the Deschutes River Canyon in central Oregon.Russian railroads were in chaos during World War I, and Stevens was selected by President Wilson to aid in their repair and operation. Stevens faced logistical and political challenges in this work, both with the tumultuous revolutionary events in Russia and with the U.S. government committees overseeing his work.The book has notes, a bibliography, and an index. Eighteen illustrations and ten maps. Printed on acid-free paper and bound in light blue linen cloth with foil stamped spine and front cover. Issued in an edition of 750 copies.

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This richly detailed, well-documented history describes the life of the Squaxin spiritual leader John Slocum and the growth in the Pacific Northwest of his Indian Shaker Church (not to be confused with eastern Shakerism). Students of Native American religion and Christianity will find this a moving story both of assimilation and of the curing that is the Shaker Church's reason for being. The Indian Shaker movement began in 1882 when the charismatic but dissolute Slocum had a vision after a near-death experience. Later his church was led by his wife, Mary Thompson, and early-day leaders such as Mud Bay Louis and Mud Bay Sam. Today church members continue to combine Native American styles of singing, body movement, and verbal declarations with bell ringing, songs, burning candles, and shaking in a unique curing tradition that is honored outside the church particularly for its success in teaching against the use of alcohol. Intense community support, for both healer and patient, is a focal point in the lives of Shaker Church members. Their tradition has endured despite the important differences in members' tribal backgrounds and religious viewpoints chronicled in this up-to-date account by veteran scholars Robert H. Ruby and John A. Brown, the first outsiders to have access to church records.

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