Eloha, a Cherokee word, is usually translated by anthropologists as qreligion, q but it also simultaneously encompasses history, culture, knowledge, law, and land. In this provocative work, Jace Weaver interlaces these seemingly disparate meanings to form a coherent approach to Native American Studies. In nineteen interrelated chapters, Weaver presents a range of experiences shared by native peoples in the Americas, from the distant past to the uncertain future. He examines Indian creative output, from oral tradition to the postmodern wordplay of Gerald Vizenor, and brings to light previously overlooked texts. Weaver also tackles up-to-the-minute issues, including environmental crises, Native American spirituality, repatriation of Indian remains and cultural artifacts, and international human rights.The same can be said about the aquot;Totem Tom Tom, aquot; a number reminiscent of the totem pole dance in The Alaskan. ... McDonalda#39;s guide into the wilderness in search of her brother is Boniface, a shifty-eyed, sinister Indian. ... and Mardi Grasaquot; rolled into one, the audience is treated to stock documentary footage of large numbers of Indians in great, carved canoes. ... A giant drum is rolled 700 LITERATURE.
|Publisher||:||University of Oklahoma Press - 2001|