Rolling Thunder (person)
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John Walter Pope
September 10, 1916
Stamps, Arkansas, US
|Died||January 23, 1997 (aged 80)|
Elko, Nevada, US
|Known for||New Age spiritualist|
(her death 1984)
Carmen Sun Rising
(his death 1997)
|Children||Mala Spotted Eagle|
Ozella Morning Star
Patty Mocking Bird
John Pope has been the subject of several books, notably Rolling Thunder (1974), by American journalist and author Doug Boyd, and the book Rolling Thunder Speaks: A Message for Turtle Island (1998), a narrative edited by his second wife, Carmen Sun Rising Pope. He also figures prominently in Mad Bear (1994), Boyd's follow-up book to Rolling Thunder, which chronicles the life of Mad Bear Anderson, who Boyd says was a peer and mentor to Rolling Thunder.
Pope appears on Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's 1972 album Rolling Thunder. His voice is heard on the first track of Side A: "Rolling Thunder/Shoshone Invocation". In 1975/76, Bob Dylan organized and headlined a nationwide series of concerts called the Rolling Thunder Revue; however Dylan chose this name after an incident where thunder "boomed" in the sky, rather than naming it after any person.
On audio cassette
Life and legacy
In 1975 he and his wife Spotted Fawn founded a non-profit community on 262 acres (1.06 km2) of land in north-eastern Nevada (just east of the town of Carlin) that they named Meta Tantay. It operated until 1985; visitors over the years included Mickey Hart.
Rolling Thunder died in 1997 from complications associated with diabetes. He also suffered from emphysema in the later years of his life.
Rolling Thunder's given name was John Pope. At times he claimed to be part Cherokee and at other times Shoshone or Hopi. He never provided proof of any Native heritage. He has been accused of cultural appropriation and cited as an example of a non-Native who taught fraudulent, "Native-style" ceremonies, often for money. He often claimed to represent the Western Shoshone Nation.
- Native Healer: Initiation Into an Ancient Art by Bobby Lake-Thom and Robert G. Lake – 1991 (Foreword by Rolling Thunder) Quest Books ISBN 978-0-8356-0667-7
- Rolling Thunder – Mickey Hart (1972)
- Rolling Thunder Speaks: the Owyhee Confrontation (Audio Book)
- From Alcatraz to Chicago - with John Trudell and Michael Chosa (Audio Book)
- A Day with Rolling Thunder at Meta Tantay (1978) Produced by Al Licari and United Earth Fund http://unitedearthfund.org/rollingthunder.html
- Rolling Thunder: Healer of Meta Tantay – UFO TV – DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
- Laszlo, Ervin (February 12, 2009). The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field. Inner Traditions. ISBN 1594772983.
- The Shamanic Powers of Rolling Thunder: As Experienced by Alberto Villoldo, John Perry Barlow, Larry Dossey, and Others. Bear & Company. ISBN 1591432278.
- Mystics, Magicians, and Medicine People: Tales of a Wanderer
- Rolling Thunder Speaks
- Rare photos of Bob Dylan's epic Rolling Thunder tour, CBS News, retrieved April 14, 2016,
I was just sitting outside my house one day thinking about a name for this tour, when all of a sudden, I looked into the sky and I heard a boom! Then, boom, boom, boom, boom, rolling from west to east. So I figured that should be the name.
- Mickey Hart at Meta Tantay
- Panther-Yates 40
- Rolling Thunder speaks : the Owyhee confrontation
- G. Hobson, "The Rise of the White Shaman as a New Version of Cultural Imperialism." in: Hobson, Gary, ed. The Remembered Earth. Albuquerque, NM: Red Earth Press; 1978: 100-108.
- Chidester, David, Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture. University of California Press; 2005; p.173: "Defenders of the integrity of indigenous religion have derided New Age shamans, as well as their indigenous collaborators, as 'plastic shaman' or 'plastic medicine men.'"
- Ivakhiv, Adrian J. Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona. Indiana University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0253338990.
- The Shamanic Powers of Rolling Thunder: As Experienced by Alberto Villoldo, John Perry Barlow, Larry Dossey, and Others by Sidian Morning Star Jones and Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. (editors) - Bear & Company (November 2016) ISBN 978-1591432272
- The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's Wisdom for Walking the Red Road by Sidian Morning Star Jones and Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. (editors) - Bear & Company (September 2012) ISBN 978-1591431336
- Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality By Philip Jenkins (2005) Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-518910-0. 2004.
- Hollywood and the Supernatural by Sherry Hansen and Brad Steiger – St. Martin's Press (1990).
- Mad Bear: Spirit, Healing, and the Sacred in the Life of a Native American Medicine Man by Doug Boyd (1994) Touchstone
- Mystics, Magicians, and Medicine People: Tales of a Wanderer by Doug Boyd – Marlowe & Co (1995) ISBN 978-1-56924-880-5
- Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives by Albert Ellis, Mike Abrams and Lidia Abrams (2008) Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4129-1422-2
- Rolling Thunder: A Personal Exploration into the Secret Healing Powers of an American Indian Medicine Man by Doug Boyd – Delta (1976) ISBN 978-0-385-28859-0