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Hybrid Churches of Canada: A Space for Religious ‘Inculturation’?

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dc.contributor.advisor Boetzkes, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Langevin, Breena
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-09T15:47:34Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-09T15:47:34Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-11
dc.date.created 2014-11-28
dc.date.issued 2015-01-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8695
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores Christian missionary churches built or reconstructed in Canada in the 1960s and 1970s that express a fusion between Christianity and traditional Native spirituality. This fusion involves an appropriation of spiritual messages and a symbolic juxtaposition of religious imagery apparent in the architecture and visual furnishings of the church, as well as the liturgical practices of its congregation. My research focuses on three particular communities in Canada that are home to Christian parishes possessing a strong Native presence. The hybrid features of these churches can be seen as a move towards religious inculturation, which for Christianity means redefining their systems of representation and broadening their embrace. I consider each church’s individual missionary history and their approaches to evangelism and examine the churches as a site of ongoing colonial struggle. I argue that rather than resolving the problematic past of missionary history, these churches act as a space for discussion surrounding the ongoing process of working through the irreconcilable past of missionary invasion as well as the enduring confusion regarding the convoluted iconographic language expressed through their teachings. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Department of Art History and Visual Culture, the College of Arts Graduate Research and Travel Award en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Aboriginal culture en_US
dc.subject Anishnaabeg en_US
dc.subject Catholicism en_US
dc.subject churches en_US
dc.subject First Nations en_US
dc.subject hybrid cultures en_US
dc.subject hybridity en_US
dc.subject inculturation en_US
dc.subject Metis en_US
dc.subject Mi'kmaq en_US
dc.subject missions en_US
dc.subject native spirituality en_US
dc.subject religious architecture en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject syncretism en_US
dc.title Hybrid Churches of Canada: A Space for Religious ‘Inculturation’? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Art History and Visual Culture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department School of Fine Art and Music en_US
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