Appropriation of a Native American symbol: From sacred to profane
AuthorSeneshen, Laura Kaye, 1946-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis Thesis asks the question of whether of not the appropriation of a Native American symbol by the dominant culture constitutes a profanity. The history of so called "Medicine Wheels" is examined, while looking at their possible uses in prehistoric times and how they are used today by both cultures. Duplicative ceremonies, conducted by those professing to be "Medicine Men/Women" are examined in a context of ethics, backed by the voices of the Native American community.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
American Indian Studies