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Rosalyn R. LaPier demonstrates that Blackfeet history is incomplete without an understanding of the Blackfeet people’s relationship and mode of interaction with the “invisible reality” of the supernatural world. Religious beliefs provided the Blackfeet with continuity through privations and changing times. The stories they passed to new generations and outsiders reveal the fundamental philosophy of Blackfeet existence namely, the belief that they could alter, change, or control nature to suit their needs and that they were able to do so with the assistance of supernatural allies. The Blackfeet did not believe they had to adapt to nature. They made nature adapt. Their relationship with the supernatural provided the Blackfeet with stability and made predictable the seeming unpredictability of the natural world in which they lived.

In Invisible Reality Rosalyn LaPier presents an unconventional, creative, and innovative history that blends extensive archival research, vignettes of family stories, and traditional knowledge learned from elders along with personal reflections on her own journey learning Blackfeet stories. The result is a nuanced look at the history of the Blackfeet and their relationship with the natural world.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xxx
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  1. Introduction: Something Vital Was Missing
  2. pp. xxxi-xlvi
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  1. 1. No Nothing: The Blackfeet Reservation in 1910
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Invisible Reality: The Blackfeet Universe
  2. pp. 23-43
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  1. 3. Visible Reality: The Saokiotapi
  2. pp. 44-63
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  1. 4. Closed Season: The Blackfeet Winter
  2. pp. 64-81
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  1. 5. Opened Season: The Blackfeet Summer
  2. pp. 82-98
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  1. 6. Storytakers: Ethnographers Visit the Blackfeet
  2. pp. 99-118
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  1. 7. All That Remain: From the Prairies to the Atomic Age
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. Epilogue: And the Dogs Have Separated
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-166
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496202406
Related ISBN
9781496201508
MARC Record
OCLC
980302547
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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