Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism
Sacred Ceremonies of North America
by William S. Lyon
December 1998, 512pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-87436-933-5
$79, £61, 69€, A109
Please contact your preferred distributor for pricing.
eBook Available: 978-1-57607-486-2
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.
Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism focuses on 'medicine' or sacred ceremonies conducted through shamans in which the power of the Creator is made manifest for all to behold.

Historically, Native American peoples believed that life was to be lived in a sacred manner. There were ceremonies for nearly every act of life that formed the very basis of Native American religious life and were a means of invoking good fortune. Entries include the names and results of medicine ceremonies, renowned shamans famous for their powers, techniques used by shamans to acquire and control the power of sacred ceremonies, technical terms used by anthropologists, biographies of anthropologists who research these ceremonies, cross-cultural symbolic motifs, plants and sacred paraphernalia associated with ceremonies, and recurring themes that structure these ceremonies.

Scholars, students, and everyone interested in Native American cultures or shamanism will find this work fascinating and informative.


  • Includes biographies of key anthropologists
William S. Lyon is professor of anthropology serving on the graduate faculty of the Center for Religious Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO, where he specializes in Native American religion. He is the author of several books for ABC-CLIO. He has also published Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota.


"For public and academic libraries."—Library Journal, March 1, 1999

"...an interesting, favorable treatment of magic in Native society for larger collections."—School Library Journal, May 1, 1999

"...this volume provides the most in depth treatment. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries, especially where Encyclopedia of Native American Healing is already part of the collection."—Booklist, March 15, 1999

"Essential for anthropology and Native American reference collections."—Choice, October 1, 1999
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Accept All Cookies | Decline.