I just bounced to your site/blog/? (Don’t know all the latest terminology even though I should as a somewhat computer-loving/hating geek). I arrived here through a just-before-going-to-bed quick google search on Vine Deloria and wahlah.
Just wanted to say that after a 2-minute or less quick skim over what you wrote about Vine Deloria which brought me to your comments on Culture…THANKS!!! I’ve been thinking similar thoughts/trying to articulate something similar for several months or longer now…only I’ve been doing it under the smaller “culture” definition of “family.” Lately I’ve been yearning to go to a school where I could get an alternative environmental education by people from indigenous cultures…the reason being that I wish (probably futilely) that perhaps I could have my brain reprogrammed by such education that I could possibly see/think even slightly more like people from these cultures regarding the earth around me and its creatures…
Sorry for all the rambling, I’m not usually so articulate
Also, regarding culture…just thought you might be interested in a book that, while not obviously about culture, really seems to me to be about it: Desperados by Joseph O’Connor.
Thanks again for your thoughts.
Oh and finally, any specific books/essays you’d recommend by Vine Deloria?
Vine Deloria’s three most nearly mainstream books probably are Custer Died for Your Sins, God is Red, and Red Earth, White Lies.
All three are pretty much guaranteed to annoy white people who take their cultural norms very seriously. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly why he wrote ‘em. And that’s why I think of him as a trickster Coyote kind of guy.