Deloria, Vine, Jr. Peter Mayer - Essay

Peter Mayer

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[With "God Is Red" Deloria] has written yet another gripping account on the fate of the American Indian. Vine Deloria's interests range far and wide; the lore of his people is examined from an incredible number of different perspectives; various books of the Bible are introduced as history, and incredibly complex scientific (and other) data or explanations … are cited to give new twists to old beliefs. It is indeed a fascinating tale.

The discussion takes place on two levels. The first, and the one I can recommend to all readers, consists of a recital of selected injustices perpetrated upon the Red Man by the European settlers on this continent. The second, which is really the thesis of the book, I...

(The entire section is 472 words.)