• The World We Used to Live In

  • Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men
  • By: Vine Deloria Jr.
  • Narrated by: Wes Studi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The world lost a courageous leader and a treasured friend with the passing of Vine Deloria Jr. He was, and is, one of the greatest spiritual thinkers of our time. Before his death, Deloria was reexamining native spirituality. 

His years of collecting native stories of the medicine men and exploring spirituality from different perspectives are brought together in this audiobook. Although Deloria was annoyed and disapproving of the commercialization of native spirituality (sweat lodges conducted for $50, peyote meetings for $1,500, medicine drums for $300), he did not wish to chastise those finding solace in these pseudo rituals. 

Instead, he wanted to open people's eyes to the rituals and ceremonies as they were originally intended to and stop the empty recitation of songs and blessings and bring meaning and spirit back to the sacred native rites. To do so, he explored the medicine men, their powers, and the Earth's relation to the cosmos.

©2006 Vine Deloria, Jr. (P)2019 Bobby Bridger

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My favorite book.

I've read this book at least 20 times and have now listened to it at least 20 more.
Love hearing the true stories of our tribes, healers and spiritual leaders.
Vine Delorias best book!

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very informative and I even grew up with much

I really enjoyed this audio and learned a great deal about other tribes ceremonies and traditions

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Felt as if I was there..

A good listen for anyone who wants to know more about indigenous people and their culture that seems by-gone now.

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Arikara here

wonderful tones, great pauses. like listening to an uncle tell stories. Mr deloria is a good writer but the speaker was great also. nawah

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All People Should Read

Really gives a good insight into many things and historical events. I feel all people would take something from this book.