Dissonant Worlds: Roger Vandersteene among the Cree [NOOK Book]

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How did a Belgian Oblate missionary who came to Canada to convert the aboriginals come to be buried as a Cree chief? In Dissonant Worlds Earle Waugh traces the remarkable career of Roger Vandersteene: his life as an Oblate missionary among the Cree, his intensive study of the Cree language and folkways, his status as a Cree medicine man, and the evolution of his views on the relationship between aboriginal traditions and the Roman Catholicism of the missionaries who worked among them. Above all, Dissonant Worlds ...

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Overview

How did a Belgian Oblate missionary who came to Canada to convert the aboriginals come to be buried as a Cree chief? In Dissonant Worlds Earle Waugh traces the remarkable career of Roger Vandersteene: his life as an Oblate missionary among the Cree, his intensive study of the Cree language and folkways, his status as a Cree medicine man, and the evolution of his views on the relationship between aboriginal traditions and the Roman Catholicism of the missionaries who worked among them. Above all, Dissonant Worlds traces Vandersteene’s quest to build a new religious reality: a strong, spiritually powerful Cree church, a magnificent Cree formulation of Christian life.

In the wilderness of northern Canada Vandersteene found an aboriginal spirituality that inspired his own poetic and artistic nature and encouraged him to pursue a religious vision that united Cree tradition and Catholicism, one that constituted a dramatic revision of contemporary Catholic ritual. Through his paintings, poetry and liturgical modifications, Vandersteene attempted to recreate Cree reality and provide images grounded in Cree spirituality.

Dissonant Worlds, in telling the story of Vandersteene’s struggle to integrate European Catholicism and aboriginal spirituality, raises the larger issue: Is there a place for missionary work in the modern church? It will be of interest to students of Native studies, the religious history of the Oblates, Canadian studies and Catholicism in the mid-twentieth century.

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Waugh (history of religions, U. of Alberta) traces the remarkable career of Vandersteene from his arrival in northern Canada in 1946 for the purpose of converting the Cree, through years of intensive study of the Cree language and folkways and his status as a Cree medicine man to the evolution of his views on the relationship between aboriginal traditions and Roman Catholicism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554588176
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 374
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Earle H. Waugh is a professor of religious studies at the University of Alberta. He is the co-editor of Native Religious Traditions (WLU Press), and the author of The Munshidin of Egypt: Their World and Their Song and the Alberta Elders’ Cree Dictionary).
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Roger (Rogier) Vandersteene, 1918-1976
Map
Photographs 178ä
Introduction 1
1 Flemish Matrix: Blood, Art and Piety 7
2 "Steentje's" Beginnings: Between Family and Flanders 20
3 Grouard before Vandersteene: Cree, Catholic, Canadian 38
4 "My Little Sisters, My Little Brothers": From Encounter to Wabasca 86
5 Intransigent Reality: Manitou's Land, Manitou's Children 126
6 The Great Mystery: Visible and Touchable in Art 172
7 Sojourn Charts: Poetry in Serenity and Flux 197
8 Wrestling the Spirits: Powagan, Beethoven, Cancer 221
9 Beyond the Dissonance: Legacy of a Quest 263
10 Theoretical Epilogue: Vandersteene and the Understanding of Religion 292
Appendix 1 Chronology of Roger (Rogier) Vandersteene's Life 309
Appendix 2 Evaluations of Vandersteene Collected during Research 311
Appendix 3 Ode to Vandersteene 322
Appendix 4 Names of Informants 324
Bibliography 326
Index 337
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