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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History$
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Paul Harvey and Edward Blum

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231140201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.001.0001

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Native American Religions

Native American Religions

(p.69) 2. Native American Religions
The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History

Suzanne Crawford O’Brien

Columbia University Press

This chapter provides an overview of religions in Native North America and the religious history of Native Americans since they first came into contact with Euro-American people. It focuses on those events, policies, and historical trends with regional, national, or ongoing influences. A common theme in scholarship on the religious history of Native Americans is how the assimilationist colonial agenda of Euro-Americans wrought havoc on Native communities, devastating their land, their languages, and their physical, spiritual, and social well-being. This chapter first considers the impacts of colonialism on Native American religious life before analyzing the indigenous responses to Euro-American cultural and religious assimilation. It then discusses the contemporary cultural and spiritual revival of Native Americans since the 1970s and concludes by exploring major issues and questions in the study of Native American religious history.

Keywords:   religion, religious history, Native Americans, Euro-Americans, colonialism, religious life, cultural assimilation, religious assimilation, spiritual revival

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