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In this interdisciplinary collection of essays, Martin and Nicholas gather work by emerging and leading voices in the study of Native American religion to reassess the complex history of and relationship between North American indigenous people and Christian missionaries from contact well into the nineteenth century. The experiences of Native converts to Christianity have often been viewed with suspicion—as somehow less representative of the Native American experience or as mere victims—and relegated to the background of Native studies. In contrast, this volume represents and seeks to advance a paradigm shift that, heralded by a renewal of interest in both Native American religion and native sovereignty, encourages scholars to take seriously the varied ways that Native Americans negotiated and shaped the contact experience, including conversion to Christianity. The essays here explore a variety of post-contact identities, including indigenous Christians, mission friendly non-Christians, and ex-Christians, shedding light on the complex and shifting world of Native-white cultural and religious exchange through which Natives redefined their spiritual and religious identities. Rather than questioning the authenticity of Native Christian experiences, these scholars argue that the varied and dynamic ways indigenous peoples handled and initiated change with regard to missions, missionaries, and Christianity shatter the pervasive stereotype of Native Americans as culturally static and ill-equipped to adapt to the currents of modernization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. PART I: NEGOTIATING CONVERSION
  2. p. 21
  1. Hard Feelings: Samson Occom Contemplates His Christian Mentors
  2. pp. 23-37
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  1. Eager Partners in Reform: Indians and Frederick Baylies in Southern New England, 1780–1840
  2. pp. 38-66
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  1. Crisscrossing Projects of Sovereignty and Conversion: Cherokee Christians and New England Missionaries during the 1820s
  2. pp. 67-89
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  1. PART II: PRACTICING RELIGION
  2. p. 91
  1. Native American Popular Religion in New England’s Old Colony, 1670–1770
  2. pp. 93-124
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  1. Blood, Fire, and “Baptism”: Three Perspectives on the Death of Jean de Brébeuf, Seventeenth-Century Jesuit “Martyr”
  2. pp. 125-158
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  1. The Catholic Rosary, Gendered Practice, and Female Power in French-Indian Spiritual Encounters
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. PART III: CIRCULATING TEXTS
  2. p. 177
  1. The Souls of Highlanders, the Salvation of Indians: Scottish Mission and Eighteenth-Century British Empire
  2. pp. 179-200
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  1. Print Culture and the Power of Native Literacy in California and New England Missions
  2. pp. 201-222
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  1. PART IV: CREATING COMMUNITIES
  2. p. 223
  1. Hendrick Aupaumut: Christian-Mahican Prophet
  2. pp. 225-249
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  1. To Become a Chosen People: The Missionary Work and Missionary Spirit of the Brotherton and Stockbridge Indians, 1775–1835
  2. pp. 250-275
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  1. Conclusion: Turns and Common Grounds
  2. pp. 276-288
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  1. Coda: Naming the Legacy of Native Christian Missionary Encounters
  2. pp. 289-304
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 305-307
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-325
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469606316
Related ISBN
9780807834060
MARC Record
OCLC
676697657
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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