The spirituality of Native American religions can be found without much effort, and sometimes as part of non-Native spirituality. Whether incorporated into Christian worship or re-imagined as part of the New Age's veneration of creation, traces of what American Indians believe (or are assumed to believe) can be found in many religious contexts. But is any of that beneficial?
Once demonized, now lionized, but still widely misunderstood, Native religions are popular and influential, and Philip Jenkins (The Next Christendom) spotlights the good and the bad of this phenomena. Tracing the roots from early assumptions of paganism through the 20th century's growing love affair with all things Native American, straight thought to the influence on the New Age, Dream Catchers is an even-handed look at the truths and fallacies surrounding recent attempts to either assimilate or exonerate the traditional beliefs of these diverse peoples.