Upward, Not Sunwise explores an influential and growing neo-Pentecostal movement among Native Americans characterized by evangelical Christian theology, charismatic "spirit-filled" worship, and decentralized Native control. As in other global contexts, neo-Pentecostalism is spread by charismatic evangelists practicing faith healing at tent revivals.In North America, this movement has become especially popular among the Dine (Navajo), where the Oodlani ("Believers") movement now numbers nearly sixty thousand members. Participants in this movement value their Navajo cultural identity yet maintain a profound religious conviction that the beliefs of their ancestors are tools of the devil.
Kimberly Jenkins Marshall has been researching the Oodlani movement since 2006 and presents the first book-length study of Navajo neo-Pentecostalism. Key to the popularity of this movement is what the author calls "resonant rupture," or the way the apparent continuity of expressive forms holds appeal for Navajos, while believers simultaneously deny the continuity of these forms at the level of meaning. Although the music, dance, and poetic language at Oodlani tent revivals is identifiably Navajo, Oodlani carefully re-inscribe their country gospel music, dancing in the spirit, use of the Navajo language, and materials of faith healing as transformationally new and different. Marshall explores these and other nuances of Navajo neo-Pentecostal practices by examining how Oodlani perform their faith under the big white tents scattered across the Navajo Nation.
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Kimberly Jenkins Marshall is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.
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Introduction: Resonant Rupture
1. The Oodlani Movement: Revivals, Research, and Relationships
2. Under the Tent: The Resonant Rupture of Ritual
3. Haala Ayoo Diyin: The Resonant Rupture of Language
4. "God Never Listened to Country": The Resonant Rupture of Music
5. Dancing in the Spirit: The Resonant Rupture of Nonhuman Actors
6. Embodying Healing: The Resonant Rupture of Faith Healing
Conclusion: Resonant Rupture, Sovereignty, and Global Pentecostalism
"Upward, Not Sunwise offers a fresh perspective on religious acculturation in an indigenous context. This book is unequaled for its contemporary analysis of Native people's agency within Christian evangelical movements."-David Shorter, professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances -- David Shorter "Marshall's ethnography is refreshingly engaging as it explores the complexities of contemporary neo-Pentecostalism among Navajos in the Navajo Nation. It adds a much-needed chapter about the diversity of religious experiences among Navajos and speaks to larger issues about global Christianity."-Anthony K. Webster, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of Intimate Grammars: An Ethnography of Navajo Poetry -- Anthony K. Webster
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