Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places, by Peter Nabokov. For thousands of years , Native Americans have told stories about the powers of revered landscapes and sought spiritual direction at mysterious places in their homelands. In this important book, respected scholar and anthropologist Peter Nabokov writes of a wide range of sacred places in Native America. From the “high country” of California to Tennessee’s Tellico Valley, from the Black Hills of South Dakota to Rainbow Canyon in Arizona, each chapter delves into the relationship between Indian cultures and their environments and describes the myths and legends, practices, and rituals that sustained them. Peter Nabokov is a professor of American Indian studies and world arts and cultures at UCLA. His previous books include Native American Testimony.