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Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places

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A revelatory new look at the hallowed, diverse, and threatened landscapes of the American Indian For thousands of years , Native Americans have told stories about the powers of revered landscapes and sought spiritual direction at mysterious places in their homelands. In this important book, respected scholar and anthropologist Peter Nabokov writes of a wide range of sacred ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published January 19th 2006)
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Erin
Aug 01, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I'd had Nabokov as a professor. I think he would have changed my life.

Instead, I will be content with his books. Unlike some other reviewers, I appreciate the scattered-ness of the book - it's sort of like a "who's who" of Native American tribes, and opens the door to some interesting discoveries and stories.

To say this book is well-researched does not do it credit - it is clear that Nabokov lives and breathes his work. This is no fluffy panoramic, but a guidebook to the peoples that we
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Abby
I agree with some other reviewers that this book is a little scattered, and maybe not quite what it sets out to be. But for what it turned out to be, it's pretty good. I am continually struck by Nabokov's good writing (and his overexcited grammar too, sometimes). The book is broad, literary, and clearly personal, and I like Nabokov's honesty as he navigates the treacherous waters of somebody else's religion. Informative work, but not earth-shaking.

Serendipitous moment: while driving around Backr
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J.S. Bangs
I was expecting this book to be a discussion of various specific sacred places in North America, but in that respect I was somewhat disappointed. The book is instead a discussion of sixteen different tribes and sacred traditions, with an broad overview of that tribe's relationship to its geography and spirituality. As such it was very informative and sometimes moving, but it suffered from being slightly impersonal and scattered.
Christian Crowley
Apr 21, 2011 Christian Crowley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I received from the author at an Interior workshop. Great stories so far, many of which provided an uncanny parallel to the chapters of Cadillac Desert, which I was reading at the same time.
Karen
From the past into the future, the author has researched Indian sacred places with descriptions of then and the current state of affairs. It's a sad tale of the robbing of Indian lands and the destruction in the name of commerce and consumerism that resulted in our current reservations.
Scott
Dec 18, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just dipped in to areas in which I was interested.
Deena Metzger
Aug 07, 2012 Deena Metzger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An essential text to understand this sacred land and the actions against it.
Rachel
Jun 12, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not an unbiased account, but an emotionally wrenching one. This book will break your heart.
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Peter Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. His previous books include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, and Architecture of Acoma Pueblo
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