Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet

Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet by Rosalyn LaPier

Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet

  • Paperback
  • University of Nebraska Press (2019)
  • SKU: 9781496214775
Regular price $30.00
/

Rosalyn R. LaPier demonstrates that Blackfeet history is incomplete without an understanding of the Blackfeet people's relationship and mode of interaction with the "invisible reality" of the supernatural world. Religious beliefs provided the Blackfeet with continuity through privations and changing times. The stories they passed to new generations and outsiders reveal the fundamental philosophy of Blackfeet existence namely, the belief that they could alter, change, or control nature to suit their needs and that they were able to do so with the assistance of supernatural allies. The Blackfeet did not believe they had to adapt to nature. They made nature adapt. Their relationship with the supernatural provided the Blackfeet with stability and made predictable the seeming unpredictability of the natural world in which they lived.

In Invisible Reality Rosalyn LaPier presents an unconventional, creative, and innovative history that blends extensive archival research, vignettes of family stories, and traditional knowledge learned from elders along with personal reflections on her own journey learning Blackfeet stories. The result is a nuanced look at the history of the Blackfeet and their relationship with the natural world.

The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World  by Anton Treuer
The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World
Anton Treuer
$18.95
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask
Anton Treuer
$17.95
Aanjikiing: Changing Worlds - An Anishinaabe Traditional Funeral
Aanjikiing: Changing Worlds: An Anishinaabe Traditional Funeral
Lee Obizaan Staples & Chato Ombishkebines Gonzalez
$30.00
Josie Dances by Denise Lajimodiere
Josie Dances
Denise Lajimodiere
$17.95
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids
Cynthia Leitich Smith
$16.99
Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings
Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings
Mary Siisip Geniusz
$22.95
Recently viewed