In Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas, Benjamin R. Kracht has crafted an important contribution to Native American religious practice, one drawing on more than thirty years of extensive ethnography on the Kiowa reservation in Oklahoma and illuminated with detailed archival research. As a result, this book skillfully describes the religious responses of Kiowa people during the first half of the twentieth century to the harsh realities of reservation life and increasingly intensified Christian missionization. Kracht’s dedication to ethnohistorical detail shows in his intimate portrayal of how people, both Kiowa and non-Native, navigate the religious diversity of this reservation community and their own beliefs. Volumes have been written about the Ghost Dance and the Native American Church, but there is little recent scholarship about Native American Christianity, with important exceptions including Mark Clatterbuck’s Crow Jesus (2017) and Clara Sue Kidwell, Homer Noley,...
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Book Review| April 01 2021
Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas: The Ghost Dance, Peyote, and Christianity
Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas: The Ghost Dance, Peyote, and Christianity. By Kracht, Benjamin R. (
University of Nebraska Press,
2018. xxii+315 pp., illustrations, preface, acknowledgments, notes, references, index. $75.00 hardcover.)
Ethnohistory (2021) 68 (2): 350–351.
Christina Gish Hill; Religious Revitalization among the Kiowas: The Ghost Dance, Peyote, and Christianity. Ethnohistory 1 April 2021; 68 (2): 350–351. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00141801-8801984
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