Healing Makes Our Hearts Happy

Spirituality and Cultural Transformation among the Kalahari Ju|'hoansi
By (author) Megan Biesele
By (author) Richard Katz, Ph.D.
By (author) Verna St. Denis

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Healing Makes Our Hearts Happy
Spirituality and Cultural Transformation among the Kalahari Ju|'hoansi
By (author) Megan Biesele
By (author) Richard Katz, Ph.D.
By (author) Verna St. Denis

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Pages : 240

Book Size : 8 x 10

ISBN-13 : 9780892815579

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : October 01, 1997

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 120 color and 10 b&w illustrations

These Bushmen set an example for us to look beyond the false promises of modern technology in search of the spiritual healing that is so desperately needed in our own culture and within ourselves.
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About Healing Makes Our Hearts Happy

One of the world's oldest continuing societies, the Ju/'hoansi, or Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert offer profound insights into what is fundamental to human existence. In the face of outside pressures that threaten the complete disruption of their communal way of life, the Ju/'hoansi find deep spiritual resources in their traditional healing dance. Their indigenous method of healing individuals is also a powerful affirmation of the community, and has recently become a means of settling land and property disputes, problems that never existed in the old days. The healing dance promises to be the crucial factor that allows the Ju/'hoansi to preserve their culture into the 21st century. These inspiring people set an example for us to look beyond the false promises of modern technology in search of the spiritual healing that is so desperately needed in our own culture and within ourselves. 
Table of Contents

Table of content

Healing Makes Our Hearts Happy
Spiritual & Cultural Transformation Among the Kalahari Ju'hoansi

Acknowledgments
Preface
Meeting and Talking with People
A Word of Caution
Prologue "Tell our Story to Your People"
Part 1 We've Always Been Here"
1 "We Used To Direct Ourselves"
2 "Now the Government Direct Us"
3 "But We Still Have Our Nom"
Part 2 Progress?
4 Hungry People are Easy to Coerce
5 "The School Owns Our Dance"
6 Does the Clinic Have Nom?
7 "The People are Drinking the Meat"
Part 3 The Dynamics and Politics of Nom
8 Climbing the Threads to God's Village
9 Female and Male Approaches to Nom
10 Nom and Social Change
Part 4 The Politics of Research and Ethics of Responsibility
11 Too Easy Entry?
12 Words and Voices
13 "Call Me by My Ju'hoan Name"
Epilogue
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Endnotes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
A Fund for the Ju'hoansi 

Author Bio
Richard Katz received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught there for twenty years. He is the author of Boiling Energy: Community Healing among the Kalahari Kung and The Straight Path: A Story of Healing and Transformation in Fiji. He is now a professor at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in Saskatoon. Megan Biesele, an anthropologist and development worker in Austin, Texas, spends three months each year in the Kalahari as an educational consultant for the Ju/'hoansi. Verna St. Denis, a Cree Metis, is a professor of Indian and Northern education at the University of Saskatchewan.
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Book Praise

Book Praise

"The researchers' sensitivity to the Ju/'hoansi, and their faithful commitment to the people's story or their own use as well as for Westerners, makes this book a rare treasure of integrity and knowledge preserved for all time."

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and A Woman's Book of Life 

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