It is now over half a millennium since the first sustained contact between the peoples or Europe and North America, yet Native Americans and especially their religious traditions still fascinate those who are not Native. In Weaving Ourselves into the Land, Thomas Parkhill argues that this fascination draws much more on a stereotype of the "Indian' than on the lives and history of actual Native Americans. This stereotype, whether used approvingly or disparagingly, has informed the work of authors writing about Native American religious for audiences with both general and professional interests. The figure of Charles Godrey Leland plays an important part in Parkhill's investigation. Leland's 1884 collection of "legends" about the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot culture hero Kluskap becomes the touchstone for reflection on the larger study of Native American religions. The author argues that most scholars of these religions, including himself, continue to be|like Leland over a hundred years ago|fascinated by the stereotype of the "Indian."