Lecture notes: Black Elk Speaks

Lecture notes: Black Elk Speaks - Black Theology Theology...

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Black Theology 10/07/2013 Theology – ideas about what people consider sacred Christian theology – the idea of god and gods relation with human beings Middle of the 1960’s – people revealed that their reflection of god was referred to whites People noticed that this “white theology” had a subtle way of making it seem like there was a white mandate of the majority Preaching, teaching = subtle racism Ethic of non-rebellion – blacks needed to be humble and not fight back ° Black theology – type of reflection of god that directly speaks to blacks, especially those in the face of racism Internalized racism – Maya wishes she is a pretty blonde white girl Black theology is a reflection on how internalized racism is generated Difficult to change views that blacks grew up believing Alice Walker says you have to get others eyes off of you before you can truly be accepted into Christianity WEB Du Bois says no matter what you do, you cannot change the way others view you. Cannot ignore, nor surrender to how others view you. Must live somewhere in between - cannot ignore them, but cannot surrender to them If it cannot help to alleviate some type of problem, then blacks have no truth in practicing Christianity Blacks do not want Christianity to be a tool of the oppressor James Cone – God is black God is revealed in this tradition in white/black as Jesus God is the power in liberation – especially the poor and oppressed who know the power of god o Known best by people who struggle under oppression Womanist theology and ethics Both black and white women struggle against sexism “feminist” is considered white, the movement was geared towards white women Called themselves “womanists” – opposite of girlish
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Introduction to Lakota Tradition 10/07/2013 The Sioux People
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The seven fireplaces – English translation o Since 1600’s, been known as the Sioux From the Algonquian meaning, snake-like ones or enemies – recognition of the warrior strength of these people. They were the enemies of the Algonquian White people misheard and it caught on (Native Americans) Some people thought it was offensive Santee speak dialect called “Dakota” (eastern) Yankton speak dialect called “Nakota” (middle) Teton speak dialect called “Lakota” (western) Black Elk is a member of the “Oglala” unit of the Lakota people No written records until a white person developed an alphabet There is clearly a Christian influence on Black Elk Lakota Tradition Terms: Wakan: that which is hard to understand, that which possesses sacred power (person, animal, landscape, natural object) o Totality of that which is hard to understand shall not be named The Great Mysterious: Power of being itself, power that manifests itself in all existing things o Tobtob: the four times four, sacred numbers always point to a different reality, 16 dimensions and representations of the
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