ERIC Number: ED351166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The People: Reflections of Native Peoples on the Catholic Experience in North America.
Hall, Suzanne, Ed.
Four Native American Catholic priests and nuns reflect on the 500-year history of Roman Catholic evangelization among Native Americans and call for a reconciliation of all the peoples of the Americas. P. Michael Galvan outlines the historical context of Native-Church relations since 1492, notes the negative and positive outcomes of the collision of two worlds, discusses the complexity of Native identities and cultures, and describes the history of Native participation within the Catholic Church. P. Michael Galvan and Kateri Mitchell discuss Native values and spirituality and the areas of overlap between Native and Christian belief systems. Marie Therese Archambault advocates the development of an indigenous Christian church by deconstructing and "decolonizing" the process of evangelization; reflecting on elements of Native culture that clear the way to the sacred; and overcoming generations of alcoholism, codependent behaviors, and paternalism. Paul Ojibway offers suggestions to Native Americans to create a new vision of unity and self-determination by returning to Native sacred traditions, and to the Catholic Church to reach out to Native Americans through multicultural ministry. Mitchell and Galvan present teacher guidelines for cultural sensitivity and suggestions for culturally relevant teaching methods. This book contains 128 references and resources. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Columbus Quincentenary; Religious Experiences; Religious Practices