Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

by Kaitlin B. Curtice
Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

by Kaitlin B. Curtice


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Foreword INDIES 2020 Book of the Year Award (SILVER Winner for Religion)

2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award (Inspirational)

2021 Midwest Book Award (Silver Winner for Religion/Philosophy)

Native is about identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Potawatomi identity both informs and challenges her faith.

Curtice draws on her personal journey, poetry, imagery, and stories of the Potawatomi people to address themes at the forefront of today's discussions of faith and culture in a positive and constructive way. She encourages us to embrace our own origins and to share and listen to each other's stories so we can build a more inclusive and diverse future. Each of our stories matters for the church to be truly whole. As Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage, she reveals that a vibrant spirituality has its origins in identity, belonging, and a sense of place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434310
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 361,810
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Kaitlin B. Curtice is a member of the Potawatomi Nation, as well as a Christian, public speaker, and poet. She travels around the country speaking on faith and justice within the church as it relates to Indigenous peoples and has been a featured speaker at Why Christian, Evolving Faith, Wild Goose Festival, The Festival of Faith & Writing, The Revolutionary Love Conference, and more. Curtice is a monthly columnist for Sojourners, has contributed to On Being and Religion News Service, and has been featured on CBS and in USA Today and the New Yorker for her work on having difficult conversations within the church about colonization. She is the author of Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places and writes on her blog at

Table of Contents

Part 1: Beginnings
1. Land and Water
2. Journeying Stories
3. Creation Stories
4. My Own Beginning
Part 2: Searching for Meaning
5. The Problem of Whiteness
6. Stereotypes and Survival
7. A Heart Language
8. Gifts of Prayer
Part 3: The Struggle for Truth
9. Ceremony
10. Ancestors
11. Self, Examined
12. The Pain of Church Spaces
Part 4: Working
13. Wake-Up Calls
14. When the Church Gets to Work
15. Keeping Watch
16. Fighting Invisibility
Part 5: Bearing Fruit in a New World
17. Finding One Another
18. The Future of Decolonization
19. Returning
20. A New World for Our Children
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