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Howard L. Harrod is Oberlin Alumni Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion and Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University.
"An impressive feature of this book is its solid grounding in turn-of-the-century anthropological reports by George Dorsey, George Bird Grinnell, Alfred L. Kroeber and their successor Robert H. Lowie....This work can serve as a reference on Plains Indian symbolism, or a presentation of alternative views of reality from which contemporaries, and not only Native American ones, have much to learn." --Christian Century"This is a sympathetic evocation of the myths, cosmologies, sacred rituals and symbolic forms of major Native American tribes formerly inhabiting the Great Plains in the mid-nineteenth century--Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow, and Blackfeet." --EastWest"The author describes in rich detail the process by which power is transferred from spirits to individuals, the role of self-torture in vision-seeking, and how the visions received by some were significant to all." --Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly"A good introduction to Indian belief for a sociology of religion class and will acquaint ethnohistorians with a kind of symbolic research that may complement ethnohistorical reconstructions of Plains belief systems." --Ethnohistory