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Christopher Buck (Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1996; J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2006) is an attorney (Pittsburgh), independent scholar, faculty instructor at the Wilmette Institute (2001–present, Department of Bahá’í History & Texts, distance education), and former professor at Michigan State University (2000–2004, visiting assistant professor), Quincy University (1999–2000, visiting assistant professor), Millikin University (1997–1999, assistant professor) and Carleton University (1994–1996, sessional lecturer). Dr. Buck is the author of several books, including: Bahá’í Faith: The Basics (2021); God & Apple Pie: Religious Myths and Visions of America (2015), with an introduction by J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University); Religious Myths and Visions of America (2009, “an original contribution to American studies,” Journal of American History, June 2011); Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy (2005), Paradise and Paradigm: Key Symbols in Persian Christianity and the Baha'i Faith (1999), Symbol and Secret: Qur'an Commentary in Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i Iqan (1995/2004), and Religious Celebrations: An Encyclopedia of Holidays, Festivals, Solemn Observances, and Spiritual Commemorations (co-author, 2011). He has also contributed chapters in such books as: Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2021); Winds of Change: The Challenge of Modernity in the Middle East and North Africa (2019, three chapters); The Bahá’í Faith and African American History (2019); ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity (2013); Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities (2012); American Writers: "David Bottoms" (2018), British Writers: Ninian Smart ((2018); and "Edward Granville Browne" (2015), The Islamic World (2008), and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an (2006/2017). He has published a number of academic journal articles and encyclopedia articles as well. As for popular, online articles, Buck has contributed over 350 articles to BahaiTeachings.org, and has collaborated with Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota, translation “First to Rise”), renowned Lakota hoop dancer and flutist, on the ongoing “Indigenous Messengers of God” series (80 articles so far, culminating in three articles on “Indigenous Land and Spiritual Acknowledgments”). In 2021, Buck and Locke teamed up to teach an online course, “The Great Spirit Speaks: Voices of the Wise Ones” (offered three times in 2021, by popular demand).

Author of Arising (2018), Kevin Locke (Tȟokaheya Inažiŋ in Lakota translation “First to Arise”) is a world famous visionary hoop dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous North American flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishinaabe. While his instructions were received from his immediate family and community, from extended family in every part of the world, Kevin has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each can draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage.

BY Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke
Religion

Whitewashing the Red Man: Assimilation Equals Extermination

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Oct 11, 2021
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Baha’u’llah as the Return of Ulikron, Panama’s Indigenous Messenger

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Apr 12, 2021
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Nanabush, the Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Sacred Teacher and Trickster

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 18, 2021

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Listening to the Wise Ones – Voices of the Great Spirit

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jun 13, 2020
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To “Reverence the Profound Spiritual Truths” in Indigenous Religions

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jun 6, 2020
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How Baha’is Promote the Recognition of Indigenous Beliefs

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | May 30, 2020

Life

Preserving Spiritual Seeds for Posterity and Prosperity

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Mar 13, 2020
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Sacred Council Fires and the Baha’i Spark

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 23, 2020
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Advance Permission, Appropriation and Sacred Indigenous Knowledge

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 13, 2020

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The Spiritual Destiny of Indigenous Peoples

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 5, 2020
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4 Indigenous Steps to “Enlighten the Whole World”

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jan 30, 2020
Culture

Gluskap: Ancient and Modern Teachings

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Dec 22, 2019

Religion

Gluskap the Indigenous Messenger: Tall Tales, or Timeless Truths?

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Dec 15, 2019
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The Legend of the Eastern Algonquian Holy Man Gluskap

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Dec 5, 2019
Life

Keeping Indigenous Languages – and Adopting a Universal One

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Nov 28, 2019

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Remembering “Forgotten” Indigenous Religions

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Sep 15, 2019
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The Right to Cultural Identity

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Sep 8, 2019
History

Pressing on to Meet the Dawn: Patricia Locke

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Aug 18, 2019

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