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Dissonant Worlds: Roger Vandersteene among the Cree -

Dissonant Worlds: Roger Vandersteene among the Cree (ISBN10: 0889202591; ISBN13: 9780889202597)
ISBN13: 978-0889202597
ISBN10: 0889202591

Summary: How did a Belgian Oblate missionary who came to Canada to convert the aboriginals come to be buried as a Cree chief? In Dissonant WorldsEarle Waugh traces the remarkable career of Roger Vandersteene: his life as an Oblate missionary among the Cree, his intensive study of the Cree language and folkways, his status as a Cree medicine man, and the evolution of his views on the relationship between aboriginal traditions and the Roman Catholicism of the missionaries who worked among them. Above all, ...show moreDissonant Worldstraces Vandersteene’s quest to build a new religious reality: a strong, spiritually powerful Cree church, a magnificent Cree formulation of Christian life. In the wilderness of northern Canada Vandersteene found an aboriginal spirituality that inspired his own poetic and artistic nature and encouraged him to pursue a religious vision that united Cree tradition and Catholicism, one that constituted a dramatic revision of contemporary Catholic ritual. Through his paintings, poetry and liturgical modifications, Vandersteene attempted to recreate Cree reality and provide images grounded in Cree spirituality. Dissonant Worlds, in telling the story of Vandersteene’s struggle to integrate European Catholicism and aboriginal spirituality, raises the larger issue: Is there a place for missionary work in the modern church? It will be of interest to students of Native studies, the religious history of the Oblates, Canadian studies and Catholicism in the mid-twentieth century. ...show less

Cover: Hardcover
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Published: 11/18/1996
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 1996 Hb First Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket 8vo. Signed by the Author pp. xii, (2), 344, b/w and color illustrations, "Dissonant Worlds is the fruit of many years o ...show moref historical and anthropological work, marking the advent of a new maturity in the scholarship on the cultural life of Western Canada. It combines what is best in historical research and field research work, drawing on the memory of Cree and M?tis and of the priests and sisters who worked with Vandersteene....This is a superb and fascinating book that speaks to the next century of our culture's life." Signed and dedicated by the author on the front free endpaper. ...show less
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