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The raucously funny story of one young American's quest to become the baddes dude on the planet (and possibly find inner peace along the way) Growing up a ninety-eight pound weakling tormented by bullies in the schoolyeards of Kansas, Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin...
CHINA: Portrait of a People
All eyes are on China. Yet despite constant media coverage, increased tourism and rampant foreign investment, the cultural distance between China and the West remains as vast as the oceans that separate them. For all intents and purposes, the Middle Kingdom is still relatively unknown by Westerners...
Awakwning to Spirit World
Today, practicing shamanism doesn’t mean you have to live in a rain forest or a desert. Thanks to a modern renaissance of shamanic spirituality, practitioners from all walks of life now use powerful indigenous techniques for healing, insight, and spiritual growth. With Awakening to the Spirit World...
Shamanic journeying is the inner art of traveling to the invisible worlds beyond ordinary reality to retrieve information for change in every area of our lives from spirituality and health to work and relationships. With Shamanic Journeying, readers join world-renowned teacher Sandra Ingerman to...
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Describes the Northwest Coast Indian tribes and documents their history and challenges in their own words, from early creation stories to the present day.
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IN THE BEGINNING: CREATION MYTHS FROM AROUND THE WORLD is a beautifully illustrated and informative collection of creation stories from 15 cultures, using indigenous sources. These stories demonstrate that creation is ongoing, everywhere and always, and that all of us are creators all of the...
allman first read William James's seminal book The Varieties of Religious Experience in college. The book's adventurous spirit and its compassionate take on the world of believers returned to him years later when, on a whim, he visited the Unarius Academy of Science, a UFO group in California, on...
In Praise of Animals
A Closing Circle: Musings on the Ioway Indians in Iowa
My essay "A Closing Circle: Musings on the Ioway Indians in Iowa" is in The Worlds Between Two Rivers: Perspectives on American Indians in Iowa (An Expanded Edition), Edited by Gretchen M. Bataille, David Mayer Gradwohl, and Charles L. P. Silet. The book is a revised expanded 2000 edition...
Tanji Na Che: Recovering the Landscape of the Ioway
"As an Ioway Indian, [Lance Foster] is interested in the landscape as it was when his ancestors left Iowa in the early nineteenth century, so he went to the Neal Smith refuge, hoping to see the msall herd of buffalo that had been introduced and the prairie "returning to life." In...