Rosalyn LaPier :: Invisible Reality

 

 

Rosalyn LaPier

Reading & Signing

INVISIBLE REALITY

Friday, September 22nd

5:30 pm

UM Native Heritage Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosalyn R. LaPier demonstrates that Blackfeet history is incomplete without an understanding of the Blackfeet people’s relationship and mode of interaction with the “invisible reality” of the supernatural world. Religious beliefs provided the Blackfeet with continuity through privations and changing times. The stories they passed to new generations and outsiders reveal the fundamental philosophy of Blackfeet existence namely, the belief that they could alter, change, or control nature to suit their needs and that they were able to do so with the assistance of supernatural allies. The Blackfeet did not believe they had to adapt to nature. They made nature adapt. Their relationship with the supernatural provided the Blackfeet with stability and made predictable the seeming unpredictability of the natural world in which they lived.

In Invisible Reality Rosalyn LaPier presents an unconventional, creative, and innovative history that blends extensive archival research, vignettes of family stories, and traditional knowledge learned from elders along with personal reflections on her own journey learning Blackfeet stories. The result is a nuanced look at the history of the Blackfeet and their relationship with the natural world.

Event date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781496201508
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2017