Loss of Indigenous Eden and the Fall of Spirituality
Published by: University of Regina Press
288 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in, 8 black and white illustrations
- ISBN: 9780889776999
- Published: April 2020
Highlights the commonalities between Indigenous nations, while calling for global recognition and respect of their rights and spirituality.
As a follow-up to his award-winning The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality, Blair Stonechild continues his exploration of the Indigenous spiritual teachings passed down to him by Elders, and then moves his study further afield. He identifies the rise of what he terms a dominant wetigo worldview, marked by an all-consuming and destructive appetite that is antithetical to the relational philosophy of Indigenous thinking whereby all things are interrelated and in need of care and respect.
Based on Stonechild’s work with Indigenous peoples around the world, from Inuit communities in northern Canada, to the Mapuche in Chile, the Dalits in India and the Uighurs in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China, The Loss of Indigenous Eden and the Fall of Spirituality brings together and highlights the fundamental commonalities that connect all Indigenous nations, while calling for global recognition and respect of their rights and spirituality.
"With great imagination and originality, these chapters rewrite the histories of “civilizations” of religion and the nation states…. a great scholarly contribution to our Knowledge of the history of Indigenous Spirituality." ~David McNab, Professor Emeritus, York University and Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, and author of No Place for Fairness: Indigenous Land Rights and Policy in the Bear Island Case and Beyond
"One of the best articulations in print of some introductory teachings of a contemporary Elder." ~Mark Rumi, professor of Religion and Culture, University of Winnipeg