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1st Native American Saint Stirs Pride, Skepticism
Associated Press via Seattle Times ^ | 10/28/12 | Mary Esch

Posted on 10/29/2012 9:32:25 AM PDT by marshmallow

Some traditional Mohawks are treating the naming of the nation's first Native American saint with skepticism and fear that the Roman Catholic Church is using it to shore up its image and marginalize traditional spiritual practices.

Some traditional Mohawks are treating the naming of the nation's first Native American saint with skepticism and fear that the Roman Catholic Church is using it to shore up its image and marginalize traditional spiritual practices.

They see the story of Kateri Tekakwitha as yet another reminder of colonial atrocities and religious oppression.

"I was a recipient of these historical profanities and want to ensure this does not happen again," said Doug George-Kanentiio, a Mohawk writer who left Catholicism to follow traditional longhouse spiritual practices.

The daughter of a Mohawk chief and a Catholic Algonquin woman, Kateri was born in 1656 about 40 miles northwest of Albany and in the heart of the Iroquois Confederacy to which the Mohawks belong. She was orphaned at age 4 when smallpox wiped out her family and much of her village and left her blinded and disfigured.

A Catholic convert at 20, she settled in Kahnawake, a Mohawk settlement south of Montreal where Jesuits had a mission and where she and other women performed mortification rituals such as self-flogging as part of their faith. At her death at the age of 24, Kateri's smallpox scars reportedly vanished and later she was reported to appear before several people. She is buried at a shrine on Kahnawake.

Speaking in English and French at her canonization last Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI noted how unusual it was in Kateri's culture for her to choose to devote herself to her Catholic faith.

"She's seen very much as a bridge" between native culture and Christianity, said the Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest. He said....

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1 posted on 10/29/2012 9:32:25 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Lack of Native American Saints proves that evil white men would rather forget about brown skinned people.

Creation of a Native American Saint proves that evil white men are trying to marginalize the culture of brown skinned people.

Any questions?


2 posted on 10/29/2012 9:59:14 AM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Tzimisce
No, but one answer: Saint Katharine Drexel.
3 posted on 10/29/2012 10:51:45 AM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: marshmallow
They see the story of Kateri Tekakwitha as yet another reminder of colonial atrocities and religious oppression. "I was a recipient of these historical profanities and want to ensure this does not happen again," said Doug George-Kanentiio, a Mohawk writer who left Catholicism to follow traditional longhouse spiritual practices.

Ah, the anger of an apostate.

And pardon me while I choke on my frybread hearing a descendant of the Iroquois--whose very name struck terror into the neighboring tribes--inveigh against historical atrocities. Perhaps I should adopt a similarly pollyanna attitude toward my ancestors: the Romans.

4 posted on 10/29/2012 11:15:37 AM PDT by Claud
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To: Tzimisce

Yep. You pretty much nailed it.

The media likes to focus on the malcontents, but thankfully I think most Native American Christians are happy and proud of St. Kateri...and with good cause.


5 posted on 10/29/2012 11:18:13 AM PDT by Claud
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To: marshmallow
"I was a recipient of these historical profanities and want to ensure this does not happen again," said Doug George-Kanentiio, a Mohawk writer who left Catholicism to follow traditional longhouse spiritual practices.

Really? Are "longhouse spiritual practices" in accord with "new knowledge" and "science?" If not I expect to hear left wing atheists heaping ridicule on "traditional longhouse spiritual practices" in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

[Crickets] That's funny . . . I don't hear any ridicule!

6 posted on 10/29/2012 7:23:48 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: marshmallow

most of the Catholics on the Native American reservations where I worked had devotion to her.

and the fact that many tribes were Catholic before there were missionaries is another un noticed part of history...much of it was her influence...


7 posted on 10/31/2012 12:58:20 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: Claud

Doug George-Kanentiio IS A LEFTIST and a professional journalist.

He is pretending to be a traditional Indian and an “expert” at indian religion, so he can attend all those “international” conferences of religion. his photo suggests he might be a metis but I doubt he is full blood. I’d love to know if he has a “CDIB” card, which is the only legal way to prove you are an Indian.

his author listing on the Univ Nebraska puts him with other professional leftists such as Wilma Mankiller and Vin Deloria who promote Indian issues from a left wing point of view.

Their work is good, but I find it ironic that what is freeing a lot of tribes from dependency on the Federal Government is not their left wing activism, but the more practical elected tribal leaders who are using mining and casinos to bring jobs to their people.

at least Mankiller was elected: this guy is merely a self proclaimed activist and makes a nice living at it...


8 posted on 10/31/2012 1:12:47 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: LadyDoc

Aha! That explains it! Thanks for the background.


9 posted on 10/31/2012 3:57:38 AM PDT by Claud
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