Saturday, June 25, 2005

Rainbow Faimly Gathering Resources - The Book

Rainbow Family Book - Rainbow Gathering Ethnography - "This is a comprehensive study of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, also known as The Rainbow Nation and The Rainbow Family. The Family, committed to principals of non-violence and non-hierarchical egalitarianism, has been holding large non-commercial Gatherings since 1972. They gather to pray for world peace and to demonstrate the viability of a cooperative utopian community living in harmony with the Earth. They govern themselves using a Council whose membership is open to all interested parties. Money is not needed, all necessities are free at Gatherings. Everyone is welcome."

Reviews:

"In this book, Michael Niman skillfully leads us through the alternate universe of the Rainbow Family, a group of millenarian anarchists whose moveable feast takes the form of large annual gatherings in remote forests across the nation -- events that have alarmed and then baffled law-enforcement officials and observers from the media . . . . A riveting case study in postmodern American utopianism, People of the Rainbow will be compelling reading for anyone interested in popular spirituality, social movements, and contemporary American culture."

-- Michael F. Brown, Williams College

...All in all, People of the Rainbow is a Herculean attempt at a Quixotic task. His freedom of Information Act research alone is worth the price of the book. In spite of its flaws--and its polish--Mike Niman's detailed examination and clear assessment of the Family is a contribution that would make any Rainbow Warrior proud."

Stephen Wing, Ho!, All Ways Free

3 Comments:

Blogger Lawbot said...

The funny thing is that, after we posted that classic hippie bus photo from the Gazz, one of my friends out west emailed to tell me "Um, my dad was at the first Rainbow Gathering."

1:09 PM  
Blogger oncee said...

My dad attended the last gathering in part the last time it was in West Virginia. I think the hook was nekid boobies more than anything else.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Lawbot said...

A compelling hook indeed...

7:33 PM  

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