Through an examination of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a series of fifteenth-century documents that used religious decrees to justify the subjugation and annihilation of Indigenous Peoples, Arnold shows how issues such as environmental devastation, social justice concerns, land theft, and forced conversion practices have their origins in settler-colonial relationships with the sacred—that persists today. Designed to initiate a conversation in the classroom, in the academy, and in various communities about what is essential to the category of Indigeneity, this book offers a way of understanding value systems of Indigenous peoples. By pairing the concepts of Indigeneity and religion around competing values systems, Arnold transforms our understanding of both categories.
Philip P. Arnold is associate professor and department chair of religion at Syracuse University and the founding director of the Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, where the Haudenosaunee “Great Binding Peace” was founded at Onondaga Lake. He is president of Indigenous Values Initiative, a collaborative non-profit organization is dedicated to articulating, disseminating and promoting Indigenous values. He is the husband of Sandy Bigtree, a citizen of the Mohawk nation and he has been involved with the Haudenosaunee community for over 40 years. This book contains 6 colour images.