"Deliver Us from Evil": Christianity, Identity, and the Struggle for Native Autonomy in Colonial North America

By: Chloe Jones '15

Advising Faculty: Lisa H. Wilson

The following question has been the premise for and immensely shaped Jones's research: how has Christianity, as a religion and culture, shaped and reshaped Native American tradition, yet sparked a powerful resistance to assimilation that, in part, resulted in a Pan-Indian cultural and racial identity in the post-colonial world?

The native groups analyzed in this study are: in the St Lawrence River Valley, the Huron, Mohawk, Oneida, and the Onondaga; in Southern New England, the Mohegan, Pequot, Narragansett, and Wampanoag; and in the Delaware River watershed, the Lenape, Munsee, Susquehannock, and Sickoneysinck.

This honors thesis may be read in its entirety at Digital Commons @ Connecticut College.


Related Fields: History