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Author Niezen, Ronald.

Title Spirit wars : Native North American religions in the age of nation building / Ronald Niezen ; with contributions by Manley Begay, Jr. [and others]
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 256 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1 Introduction 2 The Conquest of Souls 3 Learning to Forget 4 Medical Evangelism 5 The Politics of Repression 6 The Collectors 7 Apostles of the New Age 8 Conclusions
Summary Spirit Wars is an exploration of the ways in which the destruction of spiritual practices and beliefs of native peoples in North America has led to conditions of collective suffering--a process sometimes referred to as cultural genocide. Ronald Niezen approaches this topic through wide-ranging case studies involving different colonial powers and state governments: the seventeenth-century Spanish occupation of the Southwest, the colonization of the Northeast by the French and British, nineteenth-century westward expansion and nationalism in the swelling United States and Canada, and twentieth-c
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-246) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Evangelistic work -- Canada.
Genocide -- Canada.
Indians of North America -- Cultural assimilation -- Canada.
Indians of North America -- Canada -- Government relations.
Indians of North America -- Canada -- Religion.
Canada -- Politics and government.
Canada -- Race relations.
Form Electronic book
Author Burgess, Kim.
LC no. 99053116
ISBN 0520209850 (alk. paper)
0520219872 (paperback; alk. paper)
052092343X (electronic bk.)
1417523336 (electronic bk.)
9780520209855 (alk. paper)
9780520219878 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780520923430 (electronic bk.)
9781417523337 (electronic bk.)