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dc.contributor.supervisor McCance, Dawne (Religion) Trott, Christopher (Native Studies) en_US
dc.contributor.author Redden, Jason Allen
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-03T15:31:03Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-03T15:31:03Z
dc.date.issued 2013-01-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/14391
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is an ethnohistorical account of the advent of Christianity, how it was taught and practiced, on the upper Fraser-Skeena watershed and adjacent North Pacific littoral between the years 1741 and 1873. The region was a focal point of sustained international colonial and commercial attention, and missionaries of various European Christianities played an important role in the introduction of Christianity in the vast socio-geographical space. However, they were not the only teachers and practitioners. Lay Christianities, that is, Christianity as practiced by the various workers in the maritime and continental fur trades, and later by Russian, Spanish, British, Canadian and American colonists were perspicuous features of the social field. While the presence of lay Christianities is often underdetermined in the North American historical and ethnographic records, I argue it figured significantly into the quality of social relations between newcomers and peoples Indigenous to the region. Indigenous peoples were initially interested in Christian form and content. Later those interests were augmented by Indigenous prophets interested in indigenizing Christianity; a task which entailed ensuring that Christianity originated locally. When the Hudson’s Bay Company emerged as the chief commercial operator in the region at the close of the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Indigenous Christianity was mobilized as a religion of resistance against the Company’s incursion into local social spaces and in the ensuing struggle with both the Company and Christian missionaries. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject Christianity en_US
dc.subject Indigenous religion en_US
dc.subject Christian missionaries en_US
dc.subject North America en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.title An account of the origins of Christianity in the Fraser-Skeena headwaters and North Pacific littoral: 1741-1873 en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
dc.degree.discipline Religion en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee MacKendrick, Kenneth (Religion) Alexandrin, Elizabeth (Religion) Perry, Adele (History) Neylan, Susan (Wilfrid Laurier University) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2013 en_US


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