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Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America

Barbara Alice Mann


Looking to undo centuries’ worth of Western misrepresentations, both willful and inadvertent, this book reinstates the Twinned Cosmos of Native North America by exploring the Indigenous philosophy of Blood and Breath (or Water and Air). Looking first at the damage wrought by the governmental and missionary quest to dismantle not only Indian spiritualities, but even the memory of them, the text moves to examine the Sacred Twinship through its primary tropes. The necessary interface of earth and sky in constellations, as Serpents and Thunderbirds, are reflected in natural land formations and del ... More

Keywords: Serpent, Thunderbird, sweat lodge, vision, dream, giant, dwarf, reincarnation, constellation, Twinship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199997060
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997060.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Alice Mann, author
Professor of American Studies, Toledo University