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Christopher
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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

Indigenous Spiritual Traditions and Cultural Colonialism

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jun 30, 2019
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How to Be An Upholder and Defender of the Victims of Oppression

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jun 23, 2019
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Why Baha’is Respect Indigenous Sacred Traditions

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jun 8, 2019

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Breathmaker and Seminole Sacred Tradition

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jun 2, 2019
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Native Messengers: Lone Man and the Mandan Sacred Values

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | May 26, 2019
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The Indigenous Prophets: Lone Man in Mandan Sacred Tradition

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | May 19, 2019

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Recognizing and Respecting Indigenous Messengers of God

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Apr 1, 2019
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Sweet Medicine: Cheyenne Messenger of God

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Mar 5, 2019
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Connecting, Unifying and Fulfilling Indigenous Spiritual Traditions

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 26, 2019

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The Ten Commandments of Lakota Life

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 19, 2019
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White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Spiritual Message

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 12, 2019
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When Indigenous Beliefs and the Baha’i Faith Meet

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Feb 5, 2019

Spirituality

White Buffalo Calf Woman, The Peacemaker, and Baha’u’llah

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jan 29, 2019
Culture

Recognizing and Respecting the Sacred Lakota Traditions

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Mar 13, 2018
Culture

White Buffalo Calf Woman: Messenger of God

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Mar 12, 2018

Religion

White Buffalo Maiden’s Sacred Songs

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Jan 18, 2016
Culture

White Buffalo Maiden: Sacred Rites, Dances, Songs, Values

Christopher Buck & Kevin Locke | Mar 5, 2015

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