Wabanaki Catholics: Ritual Song, Hybridity, and Colonial Exchange in Seventeenth-Century New England and New France

by Gutekunst, Jason Alexander

Abstract (Summary)
This work examines the phenomenon of seventeenth-century Wabanaki Catholics as an instance of Native American Christian religious hybridity, with an emphasis upon the Native American appropriation of Gregorian chant. This study is divided into three chapters. The first chapter analyzes a spectrum of methodological approaches from the disciplines of religionswissenschaft, anthropology, ethnomusicology, and postcolonial studies in order to establish a new hermeneutic for the interpretation of Native American music-making in colonial North America. The second chapter addresses the range of historical, mythological, and religious factors that informed Wabanakis and Europeans as they approached each other in situations of colonial contact and exchange. The third chapter combines the new hermeneutic constructed in the first chapter with the contextual conditions set forth in the second chapter toward an analysis of the meanings borne by Wabanaki Catholic musico-religious praxis as evidenced in the Thomas Kyrie manuscript and other seventeenth-century North American musical documents.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:wabanaki native american song gregorian chant north america religion religious studies colonialism conversion indigenous ritual thomas kyrie manuscript postcoloniality


Date of Publication:01/01/2009

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