1st Edition

Native and Christian Indigenous Voices on Religious Identity in the United States and Canada

By James Treat Copyright 1996
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Native and Christian is an anthology of essays by indigenous writers in the United States and Canada on the problem of native Christian identity. This anthology documents the emergence of a significant new collective voice on the North American religious landscape. It brings together in one volume articles originally published in a variety of sources (many of them obscure or out-of-print) including religious magazines, scholarly journals, and native periodicals, along with one previously unpublished manuscript.

    I Spirituality and History 1. Indian Spirituality: Another Vision 2. Who Can Sit At the Lord's Table? The Experience of Indigenous Peoples 3. An Aboriginal Christian Perspective on the Integrity of Creation 4. Rivers of Life: Native Spirituality for Native Churches 5. The Old Testament of Native America II Liberation and Culture 6. Reclaiming our Histories 7. Canaanites, Cowboys, and Indians: Deliverance, Conquest, and Liberation Theology Today 8. Vision and Community: A Native American Voice 9. Spirituality, Native American Personhood, Sovereignty, and Solidarity 10. Native Americans and Evangelization III Tradition and Community 11. Remember the Sabbath Day 12. The Challenge of the Future: Creating a Place Called Home 13. Program Development and Native American Catechesis 14. The Sacred Circle: Native American Liturgy 15. The Meeting of the Two Ways 16. The Native American Church of Jesus Christ IV Transformation and Survival 17. The Story and Faith Journey of a Native Catechist 18. Returning 19. Plucked from the Ashes 20. Two Paths 21. The Native Church: A Search for an Authentic Spirituality


    James Treat teaches in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma.

    "The authors write in a variey of styles and from diverse tribal, denominational, and academic backgrounds...An invaluable resource." -- Booklist
    "James Treat's Native and Christian is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Native American spirituality. Beginning with Treat's superb introduction, the voices in this collection illuminate with depth, passion, and clarity the extraordinarily complex dynamics of Native religious life since the arrival of Europeans in North America." -- Louis Owens, English Department, University of New Mexico
    "The essays, some academic and some autobiographical, deal with the variety of ways in which the Christian faith of Native Americans relates to their historical traditions, the injustices they endure, and the challenges they face." -- Theology Digest, St. Louis, MO, Spring 1997
    "This excellent anthology of 21 recent essays by writers from the US and Canada covers a wide range of perspectives on religious identity, while documenting what editor Treat refers to as a 'significant new collective voice on the North American religious landscape'." -- Booklist
    "... excellent and well-edited ... Overall, this is a landmark volume that brings together native authors in a wide-ranging collection that shows clearly the complexity of being both native and Christian." -- Journal of the American Academy of Religion