Spring Session 2022

This Spring, we will be using a book by Forrest Carter, The Education of Little Tree as an outline for a discussion of Native American history and spirituality. Link to Amazon or Bookshop.org

From the Publisher's introduction:
Teenagers took to the book almost as a cult. The values as well as the prose touched many who didn’t usually read. Younger children found Little Tree on their own. Librarians began to find Little Tree missing from the shelves. Students of Native American life discovered the book to be as accurate as it was mystical and romantic. Elementary-school teachers learned that Little Tree fascinated their seemingly world-weary charges. But most generally the love of Little Tree passed from reader to reader with the increasingly hard-to-find borrowed copy of the book.

Little Tree is a charming 150 page book that touches nearly every topic of Native American and First People's life in relation to culture in early 20th Century North America. There is even a series of issues that revolve around Native American spirituality and Christianity.

I suggest you obtain the book and read it now then volunteer on some part of the book that especially fascinates you. We don't have to read the book in sequence, the topics found in it can be put in any order.


We will begin class on the 9th of January with a collection of our local voices, and maybe further on, some guests.

DateInstructorTopic
January 9Doug OlenaIntroduction to The Education of Little Tree
Presentation
January 16Doug Olena“Little Tree” and “The Way”
January 23Doug Olena“The Way”
January 30Don Tosh“Little Tree”
February 6David MooreInterview
February 13Doug Olena“Shadows on a Cabin Wall” and God is Red
Book resource: God is Red: A Native View of Religion
February 20Lois OlenaThe Ojibway Medicine Wheel and Native spirituality.
February 27Nathan NelsonFictional Representations of the Religious Interface between Christianity and Native American Spirituality
Reading 1: “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” from New Mexico Quarterly, 1968
Resource List from Encyclopedia of North American Indians: Ghost Dance, Missions and Missionaries, Native American Church, Religion, Religious Rights
March 6Nathan NelsonContinues with conversation: Excerpts from “Death Comes for the Archbishop (F)”
March 13Marty Mittelstadt“Nothing to Sneeze at”
March 20Marty Mittelstadt“The Dog Star” Indian reeducation schools
March 27Geoff SuttonNative American Mental Health, Spirituality, and Ethics
April 3Bob Hanson“Little Tree”
April 10David MooreInterview
April 17Easter: He is RisenJoin us at Evangel Temple for worship at 9 & 10:45 AM.
April 24Ben JacukIndigenous America
May 1Lois and Doug OlenaLois will discuss Creation Myths.
Salinian and Cherokee :: Iroquois, Yakama, and Cherokee :: Ojibwe :: Apache, Hopi, Sioux, Lakota, Cherokee :: Manzanita :: A bunch more! :: Other links on Wikipedia
Doug will be sharing about John Woolman's time spent with the Pennsylvania Indians. Presentation