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Choosing the Jesus WayAmerican Indian Pentecostals and the Fight for the Indigenous Principle$
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Angela Tarango

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469612928

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469612928.001.0001

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The Lived Indigenous Principle

The Lived Indigenous Principle

New Understandings of Pentecostal Healing, Native Culture, and Pentecostal Indian Identity

(p.79) Chapter 3 The Lived Indigenous Principle
Choosing the Jesus Way

Angie Maxwell

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers the messy and at times ugly undercurrents that took place in Pentecostal missionary work to American Indians. It discusses how white missionaries viewed traditional native religions, how Native missionaries responded to this view, how Indian Pentecostals came to redefine Pentecostal healing and reconciliation in new ways; and raises the issue of John McPherson’s Indian suit. The chapter explores some of the complicated issues that arise in how Native evangelists portray themselves in their evangelistic work. These examples show that for Native Pentecostals the indigenous principle was much more than a theology that emphasized local leadership; it became a dynamic tool to criticize, innovate, and find a new way to be a Pentecostal and an American Indian.

Keywords:   Native Americans, white missionaries, missionary work, Indian Pentecostals, evangelists, indigenous principle

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