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  • Plains Indian Researcher Kay Schweinfurth Releases New Book about the Role of Cheyenne Grandmothers


    DALLAS (PRWEB) November 19, 2011

    In NISH KI: Cheyenne Grandmothers: Pillars of Strength (published by AuthorHouse) researcher Kay Schweinfurth delivers a compelling look into the lives of the Cheyenne Indians and details how the role of grandmother fits into the greater role of the tribe.

    Readers meet six Cheyenne families. Aptly straddling the narrative benefits of storytelling and the scholastic benefits of dense research, Schweinfurth presents a balanced sociological look at the Cheyenne familial structure.

    The Cheyenne Indian nation presents some of the oldest inhabitants of America, and Schweinfurth presents their stories in full colorful details within the pages of NISH KI. The hunt, the spiritual experiences and the origins of Cheyenne culture are all told in witty, humorous, touching and exacting detail. An Excerpt from the book:

    In 1974 I began four years of recording oral histories and collecting primary documents from an Indianwhite Oklahoma community. This was a requirement for a doctoral degree in social anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. I completed the required dissertation, and upon its approval, requested that some material be withheld from publication for ten years or longer. I never intended to permanently suppress the material, but two elderly Cheyenne women, who had been forthright about revealing their everyday stresses and relationships with other members of the Indian community, requested that material I had gathered not be published until sometime after their deaths. They were concerned about remarks they might have made to me during that period of time about their relatives and friends that could be open to unintended interpretation. One person, in particular, worried that her close friends might guess that she had made an unkind remark that would summon a vengeful ghost.

    As these women revealed their lives of hardship to an outsider, they always spoke openly with insight and wit. But when speaking about each other, they were inclined to speak in hushed tones and with a tacit understanding of confidentiality. Occasionally a Cheyenne woman would express ambivalence about having her view of the community or the outside world recorded and published, because she believed that outsiders would somehow misconstrue the information. Yet several others thought the Cheyenne community needed some exposure concerning its problems and believed that it might help outsiders understand them better and treat them more fairly.

    About the Author

    Kay Schweinfurth grew up in Elk City, a western Oklahoma town located next to a Cheyenne community. She remembers well, from her childhood years, the excitement Cheyenne Indian dancers generated when they arrived in town for festivals. Schweinfurth was fascinated, and from that exposure, developed a compelling desire to learn more about the neighboring Cheyenne. She subsequently earned a B.A. in anthropology from Oklahoma University. She also earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the same institution.

    Schweinfurth taught anthropology and Indian history classes at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She is a Plains Indian researcher. Her book, Prayer on Top of the Earth: The Spiritual Universe of the Plains Apache was a co-winner of the 2002 Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Publication Prize.

    AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industrys only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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  • Q&A: Regulars of R&S: How do you feel about this quote (Carl Sagen)”Science is not only compatible with?

    Question by I’m a nice person: Regulars of R&S: How do you feel about this quote (Carl Sagen)”Science is not only compatible with?
    spirituality; but it is a profound source of spirituality.”??
    Random Panther: I know; that is where I got the quote. lol Is this consistent with your answer to a couple of my questions?
    EDIT: Sagan; not Sagen; sorry.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Old Man from Scene 24
    It all depends on how you define the two terms. The way I do is apparently the same way Sagan did, or at least close enough for me to agree with that statement.

    Give your answer to this question below!

  • What’s Nietzsche talking about with “spirituality” and “passions” in Morality as Anti-Nature?

    Question by Rusia: What’s Nietzsche talking about with “spirituality” and “passions” in Morality as Anti-Nature?
    I don’t know if he means they are bad or if they are good. He talks about it, as someone gaining “spirituality”… But I don’t know if he thinks it’s a bad thing or not.

    This is from his book Twilight of the Idols.

    Best answer:

    Answer by sauwelios
    The German word translated as “spirit” is *Geist*, which may also be translated as “intellect”. So to “spiritualize” the passions means to make them more intellectual, more intelligent — that is, to treat them intelligently, and not stupidly like those who want to *kill* the passions.

    Let us take the passion of lust. Nietzsche says “All passions have a phase when they are merely disastrous, when they drag down their victim with the weight of stupidity” (MaA-N 1). I take it you are an adolescent girl. Suppose you would feel the passion of lust very strongly — overwhelmingly. It could quite “drag you down”: for instance, by causing you to have unprotected sex, which could make you pregnant or give you AIDS. These things would probably destroy your life as it is.

    But what if we would “kill” lust? What if human beings felt no more lust? We would no longer procreate and thus go extinct. This is why Nietzsche says “an attack on the roots of passion means an attack on the roots of life” (ibid.).

    So how do we treat lust intelligently? The question we must first answer is: “For what?” Instead of *killing* lust, we must yoke it to our purpose; but what is our purpose?

    If our purpose is pleasure, then we treat lust intelligently if we succeed in enjoying it without having its unpleasant consequences (pregnancy, STDs…).

    What do you think? Answer below!

  • The Herb Rosemary – All You Need To Know About Rosemary

    The Herb Rosemary

    I am lucky enough to live in the ‘campo’ – the countryside of Spain – overlooking a small village. My villa is surrounded by uncultivated land, thickets of pine, and because we are on the foothills of the sierras, rocky outcrops. In summer, especially if there is a gentle breeze, the air is filled with the scent of pine, jasmine and wild herbs. Amongst this heady mixture can be detected the unmistakeable fragrance of rosemary.

    Rosemary is a distinctive herb with an immediately identifiable aroma that has made it fashionable in food preparation and medicines for many centuries.

    Rosemary

    Nowadays rosemary is perhaps best recognized as a culinary herb. It is commonly used to give flavour to roast meats such as lamb and pork – and to add taste and fragrance to herb-oils and vinegars.

    The Herb Rosemary can grow into a substantial bush that is smothered with leaves.
    The Rosemary leaves when crushed, liberate volatile oils and aroma.  
    The Herb Rosemary has many varieties, with flowers that can vary from white, to pink, to blue.
    The Herb Rosemary is fast growing, and its height and density make it useful it as a garden hedge. Four hundred years ago, rosemary was used for just this purpose, often trimmed into fanciful shapes.
    The Herb Rosemary was popular at weddings, used to deck the church and make bridal wreaths.

    The Herb Rosemary and Folk Remedies –

    The chronicles of the herbrosemary are heavy with folklore, going back even to Biblical times. The majority of the stories relate to rosemary’s aromatic assets. Its perfume was thought to protect against disease and was often used to ‘disinfect’ the air in sick rooms. Rosemary sprigs were carried during plagues, to be inhaled whilst passing regions of possible infection. In ancient times, scholars wore garlands of rosemary believing it to be an aid to memory. The plant also came to be linked to fidelity.

    Culinary Uses of The Herb Rosemary –  

    Use fresh, dried leaves or sprigs of the herb rosemary to give flavour to meat while roasting.

    Use fresh sprigs of the herb rosemary to flavour herb-oils and vinegars.

    Add fresh leaves of the herb rosemary sparingly to make herb butter.

    Fresh rosemary herb is a wonderful addition to salads.
    The herb rosemary is a major component in the classic mix of dried Provencal herbs known as Herbs De Provence.

    Burn branches of the herb rosemary on a barbecue to add a subtle flavour to meats.

    Cosmetic Uses of Rosemary –

    Use the essential oil from the herb rosemary in eau-de-cologne.

    Use fresh or dried rosemary leaves in a facial steam to encourage circulation,

    Infuse leaves of the herb rosemary as a conditioning rinse for dark hair.

    Medicinal Uses of Rosemary –

    Rosemary tea – the infusion is a first-rate all-round tonic.
    Rosemary tea stimulates the circulation, and has been used as a remedy for hardening of the arteries.
    Rosemary tea can lift mild depression and is good for treating headaches and migraines.

    Household  Uses of Rosemary –

    Use fresh sprigs of the herb rosemary to add fragrance to a room and deter insects.

    Lay sprigs of the herb rosemary in the bottom of wardrobes to repel moths.

    Preserving – Dry the sprigs and branches and strip the leaves off before storing. Crush the rosemary leaves just before use to release the aroma.

    Cultivation of Rosemary

    Lifespan – Rosemary is a hardy evergreen shrub

    Site – Plant rosemary in dry, sunny sites protected from cold wind.
    Rosemary can be transplanted and kept indoors during a frosty winter.

    Soil – Rosemary needs good drainage. It is more fragrant when grown in limy soil. You can add crushed lime or eggshells to the soil. Can be container-grown indoors or out.

    Growing – Propagate from cuttings and transplant when established.

    Harvesting – Rosemary leaves can be harvested in small amounts all year but are best before flowering times.
     

    Written by ajbarnett
    Novelist, short story writer, Author of JUST ABOUT WRITE and WITHOUT REPROACH. A Brit now living in Spain

  • Mynxie Introduces Marianne Williamson’s Quote About Fear

    This is my first video using my new HD Canon HV20 video camera. Mynxie points out a powerful quote by Marianne Williamson about what we most fear. This famous quote is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela, who used it in his inaugural speech. But the original source is Marianne Williamson.
    Video Rating: 4 / 5

    www.thepmshow.tv – The stress of a contracted heart. A Course In Miracles says, “You create what you defend against. The only way you can really be safe is in your defenselessness.” “When things are dangerous or critical, we are taken back to our right mind.”
    Video Rating: 5 / 5

  • What is the story “why I am a pagan” about?

    Question by Elizabeth: What is the story “why I am a pagan” about?

    Best answer:

    Answer by Sapphire
    I recommend you read it,and find out.

    Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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