Encounters of the Spirit

Encounters of the Spirit : Native Americans and European Colonial Religion

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Historians have long been aware that the encounter with Europeans affected all aspects of Native American life. But were Indians the only ones changed by these cross-cultural meetings? Might the newcomers' ways, including their religious beliefs and practices, have also been altered amid their myriad contacts with native peoples? In Encounters of the Spirit, Richard W. Pointer takes up these intriguing questions in an innovative study of the religious encounter between Indians and Euro-Americans in early America. Exploring a series of episodes across the three centuries of the colonial era and stretching from New Spain to New France and the English settlements, he finds that the flow of cultural influence was more often reciprocal than unidirectional.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 309 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253116899
  • 9780253116895

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." . . historian Pointer. . . aims to show 'how contact with Indians shaped and reshaped European colonial religion'. . . . Summing Up: Recommended." -- Choice, August 2008 "Choice, August 2008"show more