Religion and Resistance in the Encounter Between the Coeur D’alene Indians and Jesuit Missionaries

Author: Fortier, Theodore N.
For scholars of anthropology there is a serious gap in works on Indian peoples of the Northwest, and the Columbia Plateau in particular. This study of the Coeur d’Alene people’s religion and spirituality, and its relationship to Jesuit/Catholic spirituality from the mid 19th century on is unique in the field. An important element is the examination of the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises and their place in mission identity.

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Preface; Foreword; Introduction
1. Scheet-Su-Umsch: The Found People ( Plateau culture complex; Changing worlds; The great shift, The Coeur d’Alene culture; Anthropological descriptions and Indian nostalgia)
2. Visions of Ravens and Blackrobes (Visions of the heart; 19th century hearts; Shamans and priests; Life and crisis of Ignatius; The vision of Ignatius – the spiritual exercises; Ironies of cultural encounters)
3. Sacred Geography/Shifting Landscapes (Cultural model of geography; Missionary work of Nicholas Point, S.J.; Altered landscapes and the loss of faith; God and gold; Photographs and stories – can you feel the loss?; Sophia’s story)
4. Old Times and New Realities: The Struggle for Identity (At tribal headquarters; Lost children; Old Catholics and Jesuits really do just die; A DeSmet evening)
5. Encountering Pierced Hearts (An old time Coeur d’Alene; New Vision: New partnerships and new dreams)
6. Conclusions
Bibliography; Index