Various ethnologists and scholars of indigenous societies have focused their interest on understanding the nature of the transformations produced by the adoption of Christianity. The contributors in this volume take native thought as the starting point, looking at the need to relativise these transformations. Each author examines different ethnographic cases throughout the Americas, both historical and contemporary, enabling the reader to understand the indigenous points of view in the processes of adoption and transformation of new practices, objects, ideas and values.
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Contents: Introduction; Towards a comparative study of Jesuit missions and indigenous peoples in 17th-century Canada and Paraguay, Allan Greer; Christians. A transforming concept in Peruvian Amazonia, Peter Gow; 'Before we were all Catholics': changing religion in Apiao, Southern Chile, Giovanna Bacchiddu; Money, loans and faith: narratives and images of wealth, fertility, and salvation in the Northern Andes, Emilia Ferraro; The re-invention of Mapuche male shamans as Catholic priests: legitimizing indigenous co-gender identities in modern Chile, Ana Mariella Bacigalupo; Protestant evangelism and the transformability of Amerindian bodies in Northeastern Amazonia, Vanessa Elisa Grotti; The skin of history: Paumari perspectives on conversion and transformation, Oiara Bonilla; Conversion, predation and perspective, Aparecida Vilaça; Shamans and missionaries. Transitions and transformations in the Kivalliq coastal area, Frédéric B. Laugrand and Jarich G. Oosten; Baniwa art: the Baniwa Protestant ethic and the spirit of sustainable development, Robin M. Wright; Divine Child and trademark: economy, morality and cultural sustainability of a Guarana project among the Sateré-Mawé, Brazil, Wolfgang Kapfhammer; Afterword, Joel Robbins; Indexes.