Native Americans and Christianity

In keywords essay written by Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, she attempts to deconstruct the meaning of the word “Girlhood”, which she interprets as having a meaning open to a variety of interpretations. To this effect, she mentions a variety of ways in which people have interpreted girlhood and includes parameters such as age, gender, sexuality and development. She even goes on to mention that in the late twentieth century, authors such as Nancy Garden and Francesca Lia Block began to explore lesbianism and polymorphous sexuality.

Furthermore, the book, “The Choctaw Girl”, presents a variety of themes to the reader such the Indian removal as well as the presence of Christianity in Native American settlements. But what stands out in the story, is the selfless devotion of the girl Tewah-hokay to Jesus Christ. Tewah-hokay is a girl with a disability and cannot speak English and so she spends her time developing her devotion to Jesus Christ. Thus, her form of girlhood was very different from the version of girlhood described in Jacqueline-Reid Walsh’s keywords essay. While most other girls of her age might be going to school and spending time doing household chores, she sought out her education in the form of devotion to Jesus Christ.

On the other hand, in the article titled “American Indians balance native customs with Christianity”, we can see how Native Americans in the 21st century are developing mixed feelings about devotion to Jesus Christ and Christianity. While many American Indians consider themselves to be staunch Christians, many are also rejecting Christianity due to its association with the destruction of their own culture. On the other hand, some American Indians are accepting both, Christianity and their own Native American customs.

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  1. I think it is very interesting how you brought in the aspect of Christianity because of how prominent the religion was during that period of time. Tewah-hokay had a much different experience growing up as a girl than others that we have studied. It is important to note how most girls spent their time doing basic chores around the house, playing with dolls, and going to school while Tewah-hokay focused on her devotion to Jesus Christ. Since there is such a large generalization of girlhood, Tewah-hokay helps readers understand that it is okay to be different and to have other interests

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