Mixed Blessings transforms our understanding of the relationship between Indigenous people and Christianity in Canada from the early 1600s to the present day. While acknowledging the harm of colonialism, including the trauma inflicted by church-run residential schools, this interdisciplinary collection challenges the portrayal of Indigenous people as passive victims of malevolent missionaries who experienced a uniformly dark history. Instead, this book illuminates the diverse and multifaceted ways that Indigenous communities and individuals – including prominent leaders such as Louis Riel and Edward Ahenakew – have interacted, and continue to interact, meaningfully with Christianity.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Tolly Bradford is assistant professor of history at Concordia University of Edmonton. Chelsea Horton is a research consultant working with Indigenous communities in Canada. Contributors: Tasha Beeds, Jean-Francois Bélisle, Siphiwe Dube, Elizabeth Elbourne, Amanda Fehr, Carmen Lansdowne, Cecilia Morgan, Denise Nadeau, Timothy Pearson, and Nicole St-Onge
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Mixed Blessings of Encounter / Tolly Bradford and Chelsea Horton
Part 1: Communities in Encounter1. Reading Rituals: Performance and Religious Encounter in Early Colonial Northeastern North America / Timothy Pearson2. Managing Alliance, Negotiating Christianity: Haudenosaunee Uses of Anglicanism in Northeastern North America, 1760s-1830s / Elizabeth Elbourne3. A Subversive Sincerity: The I:yem Memorial, Catholicism, and Political Opportunity in S'olh Téméxw / Amanda Fehr
Part 2: Individuals in Encounter4. "The Joy My Heart Has Experienced": Eliza Field Jones and the Transatlantic Missionary World, 1830s-40s / Cecilia Morgan5. Between García Moreno and Chan Santa Cruz: Riel and the Métis Rebellions / Jean-Francois Bélisle and Nicole St-Onge6. Rethinking Edward Ahenakew's Intellectual Legacy: Expressions of nehiyawi-mamitoneyihcikan (Cree Consciousness or Thinking) / Tasha Beeds
Part 3: Contemporary Encounters7 Aporia, Atrocity, and Religion in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada / Siphiwe Dube8. Decolonizing Religious Encounter? Teaching "Indigenous Traditions, Women, and Colonialism" / Denise Nadeau9. Autoethnography That Breaks Your Heart: Or What Does an Interdisciplinarian Do When What She Was Hoping for Simply Isn't There? / Carmen Lansdowne
Conclusion: Reflections on Encounter / Tolly Bradford and Chelsea Horton
What People are Saying About This
This is an outstanding collection. My perspective on the place of Christianity in the lives of Indigenous peoples was thoroughly reshaped by this book. The authors not only show how Indigenous people fashion and refashion power within themselves and among their communities but also cast new light on the larger transnational narrative of Indigenous-Christian encounters.
"This is an outstanding collection. My perspective on the place of Christianity in the lives of Indigenous peoples was thoroughly reshaped by this book. The authors not only show how Indigenous people fashion and refashion power within themselves and among their communities but also cast new light on the larger transnational narrative of Indigenous-Christian encounters."Mark A. Nicholas, coauthor of First Americans: A History of Native Peoples