Religions of the world
Native American Spirituality
Many followers of Native American
spirituality, do not regard their spiritual beliefs and practices as a
"religion" in the way in which many Christians do. Their beliefs and practices
form a integral and seamless part of their very being.
Estimates of the numbers of Native North Americans at the time of the
European arrival/invasion in what is now the United States and Canada vary
between 1.2 to 12 million. By the end of the 19th century, the number of Native
Americans had been reduced to 250,000, mainly exterminated through imported diseases,
dislocation, slavery, mass murder, genocide and suicide rates that were many times the national average. 1 Many
of the survivors converted to Christianity. A resurgence of Aboriginal
faith is currently underway.
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The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- Guenter Lewy, "Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide?," History News
Network, 2004-NOV-22, at:
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