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The Spirit of Black Hawk: A Mystery of Africans and Indians [Hardcover]

Jason Berry , Syndey Byrd

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  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; First Printing edition (Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878058060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878058068
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15.6 x 20.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,599,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind 4 Dec 2006
By reader - Published on Amazon.com
This book portrays the Indian spirit Black Hawk as known to the Spiritualist Churches in New Orleans. Black Hawk is a 19th century Midwestern Indian warrior especially dear to the heart of African-American spiritual faith in the deep South. Black Hawk's following first blossomed in New Orleans sometime around the 1920s through the work of the spiritualist Leafy Anderson. The book has biographical material about both Black Hawk and Leafy Anderson and includes interesting material about several of the spiritualists who came after her and who still keep the tradition alive. The book tells of the way Black Hawk benefits the lives of those who call on him - "He'll fight your battles." - Jason Berry is a fine, sensitive writer. The photos are great, expecially the one of Big Chief Jolly of the Wild Tchoupitoulas taken at the time of Mardi Gras in 1979.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 2 Oct 2006
By RootedHand - Published on Amazon.com
This is the only book I have been able to find on Black Hawk and the Spiritual Churches of New Orleans. The author takes you on a journey into the heart of New Orleans both with text and color photographs. The author really seems to know his stuff. I have enjoyed reading this book several times, each time learning something new. The author gives details of the spiritual church movement in New Orleans and throughout the African community. We read about the incorporation of Black Hawk, a powerful Inidan warrior is venerated and worked for the benefit of all, including usual shrines to the Black Hawk spirit. Highly reccomended!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely overview of a unique spiritual tradition! 7 Oct 2010
By Devi Spring - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was simply lovely, and the pictures were very evocative of the subject matter and beautiful to behold.

For those that may be looking at this book for information on actually working with Black Hawk, you will likely be disappointed as this is more a historical look at the figure of Black Hawk and about the churches and people that honor him mostly in the New Orleans area. All the information is very important for understanding the context in which these practices developed, and so is still very valuable for all spiritual workers who are curious about incorporating the veneration of Black Hawk into their path. But for actual how-to info, we will have to wait for Mama Starr from Old Style Conjure to release her book later in 2010. :)

However, I highly recommend this book for those wishing to learn more about the Spiritual Churches of New Orleans, and some of the very unique and fascinating traditions that took root in their houses of worship.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 22 Jun 2009
By Black Swamp Roots - Published on Amazon.com
The Spirit of Black Hawk is a well written account of the history, traditions, and ceremonies surrounding this great Spirit. Especially interesting are the wonderful full-color photographs of the Spiritual Churches and Black Hawk in a Bucket. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Spiritual Traditions of New Orleans and the practice of conjure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Concise Read 28 July 2011
By E. Watson - Published on Amazon.com
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Berry writes a first hand account of his experiences in the Spiritualist churches of New Orleans. Interesting read--Berry gives some historical context but does not delve greatly into historical issues as this could detract from his story. In fact, I believe his attempt is to chronicle the tradition from his perspective and that is what makes it interesting--this is not a scholarly, academic account. Berry's account does seem narrow in scope because he only details specifically his experiences with one church which makes it difficult for him to make substantiated conclusions.
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