Native American belief traditions are incredibly diverse, encompassing the spiritual practices of hundreds of Indigenous tribes and cultures across the North American continent. While some traditions are practiced regionally across many local groups or have broad commonalities with each other, none should be assumed to be universal. Many of these belief traditions and rituals have been romanticized, removed from context, or appropriated by those outside of the Indigenous community looking for a “quick spiritual fix”; it is important to remember that none of us has a right to access any specific tradition or ritual sacred to another person or group, but if access is offered, we should approach it with respect and appreciation for its context.
Geo Neptune explores the history of the term “Two-Spirit” and who it pertains to. Does it mean two genders? Can anyone use it to describe themselves? InQueery is the series that takes a deeper look at the meaning, context, and history of LGBTQ+ vocabulary and culture.
In this “masterwork of an authentic spirit person” (Thomas Berry), Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan Halifax Roshi delves into “the fruitful darkness”—the shadow side of being, found in the root truths of Native religions, the fecundity of nature, and the stillness of meditation.
“Profound and insightful . . . Mother Earth Spirituality will be of great importance to those of us, both ‘rainbow’ and non-Indian people, who walk over land in search of a deeper spiritual life . . . For us, this book is an invaluable guide showing us how to do it." Fred Alm Wolf, Ph.D.
Through this initiative we share the history of our people in their voice, as seen through their eyes. We focus on everyday lives of Choctaws through pivotal moments in history, exploring topics such as the Civil Rights movement, boarding school initiatives, and relocation efforts.