A Sacred Path: The Way of the Muscogee Creeks

Nov 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships, Media Reviews

by Jean Chaudhuri and Joyotpaul Chaudhuri
Los Angeles: UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2001
188 pages

Review by Holly Ristau

In A Sacred Path, the authors describe the cultural aspects of the Muscogee Creeks. The compact book describes the Creeks’ beliefs and practices concerning astronomy, chemistry, botany, sociology, psychology, mythology, and religion. The authors explain and illustrate the concept of community, which is incorporated into every aspect of traditional Creek life. Traditions such as stomp dancing and storytelling are defined with detail and extensive documentation that makes further studies on every topic accessible.  Above all, this book was eminently readable.

Although this is an academic treatise, the Chaudhuris manage to engross the reader at every level. Included in the appendix is the Creek alphabet, a glossary of terms, and pictures and maps followed by an index. A Sacred Path will be an invaluable resource for tribal college students who are doing research on any of the topics listed above.

Holly Ristau is the archivist and librarian at the White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen, MN, where she also is the full time librarian for the Mahnomen Public School District and a professional storyteller.

 

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