Counterculture Indians and the New Age
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In 1971, a small but dedicated commune lay in the woods outside a college town in the Pacific Northwest. On occasion, my parents would leave for a long weekend, depositing my brother and me with the friends who helped run it. Located on an old farm, the commune had several residents living in the rustic main house and a shifting array of folk wandering in for meals or companionship. In the trees to the south, for instance, a friendly young man had strung together twenty extension cords to power a small circular saw, the only electrical tool he would use to build an octagonal house. Across the nearby stream and up a small hill lay the Indian camp, a set of three Plains tipis that housed a reassembled "family" of non-Indians who eked out a living making Aleut-modeled soapstone carvings.