The Solidarity of Kin: Ethnohistory, Religious Studies, and the Algonkian-French Religious Encounter / Edition 1

The Solidarity of Kin: Ethnohistory, Religious Studies, and the Algonkian-French Religious Encounter / Edition 1

by Kenneth M. Morrison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791454061

ISBN-13: 9780791454060

Pub. Date: 07/11/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Using the example of the Eastern Algonkians, this book argues that Native Americans did not convert to Christianity, but rather made sense of Christianity in their own traditional ways and for their own social purposes.

Arguing that Native Americans’ religious life and history have been misinterpreted, author Kenneth M. Morrison reconstructs the

Overview

Using the example of the Eastern Algonkians, this book argues that Native Americans did not convert to Christianity, but rather made sense of Christianity in their own traditional ways and for their own social purposes.

Arguing that Native Americans’ religious life and history have been misinterpreted, author Kenneth M. Morrison reconstructs the Eastern Algonkians’ world views and demonstrates the indigenous modes of rationality that shaped not only their encounter with the French but also their self-directed process of religious change. In reassessing controversial anthropological, historical, and ethnohistorical scholarship, Morrison develops interpretive strategies that are more responsive to the religious world views of the Eastern Algonkian peoples. He concludes that the Eastern Algonkians did not convert to Catholicism, but rather applied traditional knowledge and values to achieve a pragmatic and critical sense of Christianity and to preserve and extend kinship solidarity into the future. The result was a remarkable intersection of Eastern Algonkian and missionary cosmologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791454060
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/11/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Native American Religions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Making Sense—Religious Studies and Ethnohistory

1. The Study of Algonkian Religious Life: The Methodological Impasse

2. Beyond the Supernatural and to a Dialogical Cosmology

3. Toward a History of Intimate Encounters: Algonkian Folklore, Jesuit Missionaries, and Kiwakwe, the Cannibal Giant

4. The Mythological Sources of Wabanaki Catholicism: A Case Study of the Social History of Power

5. Discourse and the Accommodation of Values: Toward a Revision of Mission History

6. Montagnais Missionization in Early New France: The Syncretic Imperative

7. Baptism and Alliance: The Symbolic Mediations of Religious Syncretism

8. The Solidarity of Kin: The Intersection of Eastern Algonkian and French-Catholic Cosmologies

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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