The Wisconsin Oneidas and the Episcopal Church
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This unique collaboration by academic historians, Oneida elders, and Episcopal clergy tells the fascinating story of how the oldest Protestant mission and house of worship in the upper Midwest took root in the Oneida community. Personal bonds that developed between the Episcopal clergy and the Wisconsin Oneidas proved more important than theology in allowing the community to accept the Christian message brought by outsiders. Episcopal bishops and missionaries in Wisconsin were at times defenders of the Oneidas against outside whites attempting to get at their lands and resources. At other times, these clergy initiated projects that the Oneidas saw as beneficial—a school, a hospital, or a lace-making program for Oneida women that provided a source of income and national recognition for their artistry. The clergy incorporated the Episcopal faith into an Iroquoian cultural and religious framework—the Condolence Council ritual—that had a longstanding history among the Six Nations. In turn, the Oneidas modified the very form of the Episcopal faith by using their own language in the Gloria in Excelsis and the Te Deum as well as by employing Oneida in their singing of Christian hymns.

Christianity continues to have real meaning for many American Indians. The Wisconsin Oneidas and the Episcopal Church testifies to the power and legacy of that relationship.


Part I: Christianity Comes to Oneida Country

Editors' Introduction

Chapter 1: The Oneida World before Christianity (Laurence M. Hauptman)

Chapter 2: Oneidas and Missionaries, 1667–1816 (Karim Tiro)

Chapter 3: Flawed Shepherd: Eleazer Williams, John Henry Hobart, and the Episcopal Mission

to the Oneidas (Michael Oberg)

Part II: The Oneida Episcopal Mission: The First Century in Wisconsin

Editors' Introduction

Chapter 4: Another Leatherstocking Tale: Susan Fenimore Cooper, the Episcopal Church, and

the Oneidas (Laurence M. Hauptman, L. Gordon McLester III, and Judy Cornelius-Hawk)

Chapter 5: A Mission of Mutuality: The Relationship between the Oneidas and the Nashotah

House Theological Seminary (Very Rev. Steven A. Peay)

Chapter 6: Wearing Two Hats: Cornelius Hill and John Archiquette, Oneida Nation and

Episcopal Church Leaders (L. Gordon McLester III and Laurence M. Hauptman)

Chapter 7: The Episcopal Mission 1853–1909: Three Church Accounts

Ellen Saxton Goodnough: Christmas at the Oneida Episcopal Mission, 1869

Father Solomon S. Burleson describes providing medical care at Oneida

Father Frank Wesley Merrill on Missionary Sybil Carter and the Oneida

Women lace-makers, 1899

Part III: Oneida First-Person Accounts of the Episcopal Mission and Its Clergy

Editors' Introduction

Chapter 8: Six Oneidas Recount Eight WPA Oral Histories, 1938–1942, about the Episcopal

Mission (Sarah Cornelius, Guy Elm, Lena Silas, Oscar Archiquette, Pearl House, and David


Chapter 9: Ten Contemporary Oneidas Reminisce in Nine Accounts about the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Mission

Kenneth Hoyan House: Reverend Christian puts me on the Straight Path

Blanche Powless: The Episcopal Mission School

Kathy Powless Hughes: My father Deacon Edmund Powless

Sister Theresa and Mother Superior Alicia: Oneidas in the Order of the

Teachers of the Children of God: Two Nuns reflect on their service to the

Episcopal Church

Pearl Schuyler McLester: Reminiscences of the Oneida Episcopal Mission

Deacon Deborah Heckel: Father R. Dewey Silas

Judy Cornelius: As I remember: The women of the Church of the Holy Apostles

Betty McLester and Judy Skenandore: Oneida lacemaking: then and now

L. Gordon McLester III: The Oneida Indian Hymn Singers

Part IV: Conclusion

Chapter 10: Putting Oneida Episcopal History in Perspective (Christopher Vecsey)

Chapter 11: The Wisconsin Oneidas and the Episcopal Church: Then and Now

Appendix: Episcopal Priests and Bishops Who Have Served the Oneidas in Wisconsin




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Date de parution 02 mai 2019
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EAN13 9780253041418
Langue English
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