The New Age Death Lodge
- Indian Comics Irregular #188
The biggest Native pop story in October was the sweat-lodge deaths in Sedona, Arizona. New Age guru James Arthur Ray, whom Oprah touted on her TV show, let three people die in his poorly constructed death trap. It was an object lesson in what can happen when outsiders exploit Native culture without understanding it.
Here are my Newspaper Rock links on the subject:
Lakota lawsuit against Ray detailed
Lakotas sue James Ray
Ray suspends money-grubbing
Natives scorn Ray's sweat lodge
Suing the sweat lodge killer
How Sedona's sweat lodges operate
How James Ray fleeced his flock
Stealing Native religion is okay?
Inside the death lodge
Sweat lodge tragedy shows American values
Giago: Native religions don't work
Oprah promoted sweat lodge killer
Sweat lodge victims chose to die?!
Ray investigated for homicides
New Age sweat lodge = honor?
Angel Valley Spiritual Retreat Center
Ray speaks on sweat lodge tragedy
Owners speak on sweat lodge tragedy
Ray retreats from tweets
What James Arthur Ray teaches
How sweat lodges can kill
New Age sweat lodge kills
The Latest Book Reviews
I've reviewed a lot of Native-themed books in recent months. Below are some of my reviews by genre.
Red hands in "Predator"
Racial exchange in "Plum Island"
Indians in "Plum Island"
Navajo in "Deadman's Poker"
Review of "The Terror"
Indians in "Stars & Stripes in Peril"
Review of "1824"
Indians in "The Emancipator's Wife"
Indians in Turtledove's "Worldwar"
Cherokees take charge in "1812"
Review of "1812"
Review of "Hyperion"
Even a political memoir:
Tribalism in "Dreams from My Father"
Review of "Dreams from My Father"
For more book news and reviews, go to http://www.bluecorncomics.com/nabooks.htm .
Adam Beach in "Green Lantern"
Word is that Adam Beach will play the Inuit character Tom Kalmaku in the upcoming Green Lantern movie. Beach isn't Inuit, of course, but he is Native, which means the casting choice isn't as misguided as it could be. Beach even looks a little like the superhero sidekick.
Some links on the subject:
The many faces of Tom Kalmaku
Adam Beach to play Tom Kalmaku?
Casting Tom Kalmaku
The origin of Tom Kalmaku
Blue Corn Comics