Capture These Indians for the Lord: Indians, Methodists, and by Tash Smith

By Tash Smith

In 1844, at the heels of the ultimate wave of the pressured removing of millions of Indians from the southern usa to what's now Oklahoma, the Southern Methodist Church created a separate association often called the Indian venture convention to supervise its missionary efforts one of the local groups of Indian Territory. first and foremost, the Church performed missions as a part of the era’s push towards assimilation. yet what the essentially white missionaries fast encountered used to be a inhabitants who exerted extra autonomy than they anticipated and who used Christianity to guard their tradition, either one of which pissed off these desirous to carry Indian Territory into what they felt was once mainstream American society.

In Capture those Indians for the Lord, Tash Smith lines the trajectory of the Southern Methodist Church in Oklahoma whilst it was once on the frontlines of the relentless push towards western enlargement. even if many local humans permitted the missionaries’ non secular practices, Smith exhibits how participants stumbled on how you can reconcile the Methodist strength with their conventional cultural practices. while the white inhabitants of Indian Territory elevated and local sovereignty got here below siege through the allotment period of the Nineties, white groups marginalized Indians in the Church and exploited components of undertaking paintings for his or her personal benefit.

Later, with white indifference towards Indian missions peaking within the early 20th century, Smith explains that because the remnants of the Methodist energy weakened, Indian club regained regulate and used the Church to regenerate their tradition. all through, Smith explores the advanced relationships among white and Indian neighborhood individuals and the way those phenomena formed Methodist church buildings within the 20th century.

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