Crying for a Dream: The World through Native American Eyes

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By Richard Erdoes

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Richard Erdoes

Richard Erdoes
Richard Erdoes is the author of more than 21 books, including Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions, and American Indian Myths and Legends. An Austrian-born historian, ethnographer, and artist, he has contributed to many publications, including the New York Times, Time, Life, Fortune, Smithsonian,  More...



A powerful collection of text and full-color photographs that offers an intimate glimpse of Native American life.

• Includes rare photos and firsthand accounts of the sun dance, sacred pipe, yuwipi, and vision quest ceremonies.

• By internationally recognized ethnographer Richard Erdoes, author of Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions and Gift of Power.

How do you go about knowing a people? In this phenomenal combination of landscape, ceremony, individual portrait, and prose, Richard Erdoes brings forth the lesser seen world of the Native American experience and vision. With the aid of firsthand accounts collected during three decades of personal interactions with indigenous tribes, Erdoes chronicles the traditional rites, individual lives, and historical persecution of North America's indigenous peoples.

The images and words of Crying for a Dream represent Erdoes' finest work. His focus on the natural and sacred world of North America's indigenous peoples includes elements of the Sioux ceremonial cycle and portraits of native peoples from the plains, mesas, and deserts. The sun dance, sacred pipe, yuwipi, and vision quest are described by the author and his subjects and are illustrated with more than 70 photographs.

"Richard Erdoes, who has worked with American Indian people for thirty years--and whose Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions is a modern masterpiece--has made a new and vital contribution to our understanding of the first Americans."
Peter Matthiessen, author of In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Indian Country

"Erdoes' contributions have been so valuable because Erdoes is unique in this field. He filters his perceptions of American Indian spirituality through an intellect which is fundamentally European."
Tony Hillerman, author of Hunting Badger and The First Eagle

"This sensitive and unique book provides an intimate glimpse of Native American spirituality, one in which Indians speak for themselves about their lives and rituals."
Professor Alfonso Ortiz, San Juan Pueblo; author, Tewa World: Space, Time, Being, and Becoming in a Pueblo Society

"This powerful collection of prose and full-color photographs offers an intimate glimpse of Native American life."
Arizona networkingNews, October/November 2002