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Jesus as the Great Physician: Pentecostal Native North Americans within the Assemblies of God and New Understandings of Pentecostal Healing

Angela Tarango

in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393408
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894390 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393408.003.0006
Jesus as the Great Physician: Pentecostal Native North Americans within the Assemblies of God and New Understandings of Pentecostal Healing

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By the 1920s, when the Assemblies of God began its Home Missions, centuries of colonization and missionaries had wrecked traditional Native American life. North American Native Pentecostals entered a new world of belief but blended Native and Pentecostal bodily experiences of singing, dancing, and healing. Struggling for autonomy, Native leaders implemented the “indigenous principle”—rooting Pentecostalism within their own cultures. Native Pentecostals redefined healing to meet their needs as colonized peoples: emphasizing healing from bitterness of past wrongs, racism, paternalism, and breaches of trust by White missionaries, and focused on reconciliation and divine judgment. Native missionaries fought stereotypes and misconceptions through publications about the Cherokee Trail of Tears and Navajo Long Walk. Native Pentecostals pushed the flexible boundaries of Pentecostalism and worked out their own religious identities—embracing their Pentecostal and Native halves and laying the groundwork for the modern racial reconciliation movement among Promise Keepers and the Christian Right.

Keywords: Canada; United States; Native American; Home Missions; colonization; bodily experience; indigenous principle; racial reconciliation movement; Promise Keepers; Christian Right

Chapter.  9122 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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