Manitou : the sacred landscape of New England's native civilization

by James W. Mavor

Other authorsByron E. Dix
Paper Book, 1989



Call number

E78 .N5M38 1989


Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions International, [1989]


In the summer of 1974 Byron Dix discovered in Vermont the first of many areas in New England believed to be ancient Native American ritual sites. Dix and coauthor James Mavor tell the fascinating story of the discovery and exploration of these many stone structures and standing stones, whose placement in the surrounding landscape suggests that they played an important role in celestial observation and shamanic ritual.

User reviews

LibraryThing member theageofsilt
A examination of manitou, the spirtual aspect of nature, as expressed in stone creations by Native Americans in New England. Mavor and Dix link the religious practices of the natives peoples with a wider human impulse to find a spiritual power in the natural landscape. Every reader of Sierra
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magazine will understand this impulse. The book furthers explores native ritual as it related to and conflicted with religions brought from Europe, especially suggesting an affinity with Shakerism. This book has me peering at every stone pile and fence as I travel around New England. Some of the sites photographed are even in my town of Foxboro, MA!
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LibraryThing member JayLivernois
Brilliant work although the writing and the book's organization could be much better.


Physical description

viii, 390 p.; 26 cm


0892810785 / 9780892810789



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