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Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of the American Religious Landscape

Joel W. Martin and Mark A. Nicholas


This book reconsiders the complex and often misunderstood history of Native peoples' engagement with Christianity and with Euro-American missionaries. Surveying mission encounters from contact through the mid-nineteenth century, the book looks at both American Christianity and indigenous religion. Chapters here explore a variety of postcontact identities, including indigenous Christians, “mission friendly” non-Christians, and ex-Christians, thereby exploring the shifting world of Native-white cultural and religious exchange. Rather than questioning the authenticity of Native Christian experien ... More

Keywords: Native Americans, Christianity, Euro-American missionaries, American Christianity, indigenous religion, postcontact identities, non-Christians, ex-Christians

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834060
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899663_martin


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel W. Martin, editor

Mark A. Nicholas, editor

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Joel W. Martin

Part 1 Negotiating Conversion

Hard Feelings

Joanna Brooks

Eager Partners in Reform

Daniel Mandell

Part II Practicing Religion

Part III Circulating Texts

Part IV Creating Communities

Hendrick Aupaumut

Rachel Wheeler

To Become A Chosen People

David J. Silverman


Mark A. Nicholas


Michael D. McNally

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