Red Earth, White Lies
Red Earth, White Lies

Red Earth, White Lies

Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact


288 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: PDF, ebook: EPUB

Paperback, $22.95 (CA $27.95) (US $22.95)

Publication Date: August 1997

ISBN 9781555913885


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Vine Deloria, Jr., leading Native American scholar and author of the best-selling God is Red, addresses the conflict between mainstream scientific theory about our world and the ancestral worldview of Native Americans. Claiming that science has created a largely fictional scenario for American Indians in prehistoric North America, Deloria offers an alternative view of the continent's history as seen through the eyes and memories of Native Americans. Further, he warns future generations of scientists not to repeat the ethnocentric omissions and fallacies of the past by dismissing Native oral tradition as mere legends.


"This is Vine Deloria's best book yet... Red Earth, White Lies shoots down a whole herd of sacred cows—from Charles Darwin's cow to Samuel Eliot Morison's bull." —Leslie Marmon Silko, author of Ceremony

"Vine Deloria, Jr., started the whole modern American Indian renaissance... Now, in Red Earth, White Lies, he is lambasting scholars and scientists for filling our heads with nonsense while they ignore the traditional knowledge of native tribes. Bound to be controversial, bound to start readers rethinking old concepts." —Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

"This is Vine Deloria at his very best—challenging, taunting, acerbic and powerful." —Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., author of Now That the Buffalo's Gone

Author Biography

Vine Deloria Jr. is a leading Native American scholar whose research writings, and teaching have encompassed history, law, religious studies, and political science. He is the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. Named by Time magazine as one of the eleven greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century, he is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including God is Red, Custer Died for Your Sins, Power and Place, and Red Earth, White Lies. Mr. Deloria lives in Golden, Colorado.