Religion: The Church & the Cactus

"In the first creation, God himself used to talk to the people and tell them what to do. Way after, Christ came among the white people and told the people what to do . . . White people have everything . . . The Indian got nothing. But in a little while, toward the last, God gave us peyote; that's how we happened to find God."

So an old Indian described the origin of the Native American Church (about 65,000 members). Last week the N.A.C. met near Tama, Iowa for its tenth annual convention, worried that white men and some of...

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