To Come To A Better Understanding: Medicine Men & Clergy Meetings on the Rosebud Rerservation 1973-1978 (Book)

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To Come to a Better Understanding analyzes the cultural encounters of the medicine men and clergy meetings held on Rosebud Reservation in St. Francis, South Dakota, from 1973 through 1978. Organized by Father Stolzman, a Catholic priest studying Lakota religious practice, the meetings fit the goal of the recently formed Medicine Men’s Association to share its members’ knowledge about Lakota thought and ritual. Both groups stated that the purpose of the historic theological discussions was “to come to a better understanding.” Though the groups ended their formal discussions after eighty-four meetings, Sandra L. Garner shows how this cultural exchange reflects a rich Native intellectual tradition and articulates the multiple meanings of “understanding” that necessarily characterize intercultural encounters.  This book even refers back to another work by William Stolzman Pipe and Christ which is also available!


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Sandra L. Garner
Publication Details:
University of Nebraska Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 2016)
Book Details:
Hardcover, 196 pages