Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church presents views, concepts and perspectives on the relationships among Indigenous Peoples and the Catholic Church, as well as stories, images and art as metaphors for survival in a contemporary world. Few studies present such interdisciplinary interpretations from contributors in multiple disciplines regarding appropriation, spiritual and religious tradition, educational issues in the teaching of art and art history, the effects of government sanctions on traditional practice, or the artistic interpretation of symbols from Indigenous perspectives. Through photographs and visual materials, interviews and data analysis, personal narratives and stories, these chapters explore the experiences of Indigenous Peoples whose lives have been impacted by multiple forces - Christian missionaries, governmental policies, immigration and colonization, education, assimilation and acculturation. Contributors investigate current contexts and complex areas of conflict regarding missionization, appropriation and colonizing practices through asking questions such as, 'What does the use of images mean for resistance, transformation and cultural destruction?' And, 'What new interpretations and perspectives are necessary for Indigenous traditions to survive and flourish in the future?'
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Resistance and change: visual culture, missionization and appropriation, Kathleen J. Martin; Spiritual freedom, pious appropriation, James J. Garrett; Denying religion: Native Americans and French missionaries in early New France, James B. Jeffries; Past and present transformation of Hawaiian religious participation, C. Kalani Beyer; Ghosts of photography: the 1890 Ghost Dance and afterimages of the sacred, Larry M. Taylor; Negotiating the evidence: Christianity and the ruins of Native America, David Toole; 'Jesus was not an Indian': encountering native images in the Catholic Church, Kathleen J. Martin; Ke Kauhale O Limaloa: a Knaaka Maoli approach to teaching through image making, Herman Pi'ikea Clark; The photographic vision of Delvin Slick: beauty and power in sacred places, Karen Willeto and Delvin J. Slick; Californian imagery in context: the Mono basin Kutzadika'a Paiutes, Angela D. Blaver; 'Dancing the Comanches', the Santo NiÃ±o, La Virgen (of Guadelupe) and the Genizaro Indians of New Mexico, Bernardo P. Gallegos; Trickster's art and artifice: concluding thoughts, Kathleen J. Martin and Angela D. Blaver; Bibliography; Index.
'This volume of essays assembles a fascinating array of interdisciplinary essays on the interaction of Christianity and indigenous cultures. ...will be helpful to the study of mission history and practice because of its critical research on indigenous cultures.' Missiology