Friday, June 29, 2012

Book Beginnings: Songs of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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Among religious prophetic traditions, found at the roots of many faiths throughout the world, indigenous Plateau prophecy stands out for one reason in particular: its reliance on song to relay its message and bring forth its power.
-- Songs of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau: The Jesuit, the Medicine Man, and the Indian Hymn Singer by Chad S. Hamill, published by OSU Press.

This is a really interesting story about the connections between music, religion, and Native American spirituality.


  1. A bit of light reading for the weekend??
    Or is that enlightened reading :-)

  2. I love Native American tradition and culture! Sounds like a really interesting read! Thanks for hosting!!
    My FF
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. Interesting book. I like how it covers more than one group.

  4. A little bit of scholarly reading, it seems. I took a college course on Native American literature, but I've never really learned much about culture. I hope it's good!

  5. You read the coolest things. This sounds great...have you ever read Wisdom From A Rainforest? They're completely unrelated, but this one made me think of the other.

    Have a good weekend.

  6. I'm trying to think of another religious tradtion that relies upon song (and has since its beginning). Can't do it, off the top of my head. Very interesting.

  7. What an interesting opening! That does sound like a neat book. I've done some research on the Jesuits so it would be fun to learn more. :)

  8. Thanks for all the comments and for participating! I look forward to visiting your posts over the weekend and see what everyone is reading.

    For those on Twitter, please tweet your posts with a #BookBeginnings hashtag -- maybe we'll get more participants.


  9. This connection to the Deity through song is a powerful force is my worship. What a fascinating parallel to contemporary Christian music as well as Gregorian chants!


  10. Sounds really interesting. I like thinking how songs and music can really endure and how that will preserve their stories and culture in a way that books maybe could not since words in songs are easier to remember.

  11. that sounds quite the combination! sounds like a great read!



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