John Slocum and the Indian Shaker Church

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1996 - History - 300 pages
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This richly detailed, well-documented history describes the life of the Squaxin spiritual leader John Slocum and the growth in the Pacific Northwest of his Indian Shaker Church (not to be confused with eastern Shakerism. Students of Native American religion and Christianity will find this a moving story both of assimilation and of the curing that is the Shaker Church’s reason for being.

The Indian Shaker movement began in 1882 when the charismatic but dissolute Slocum had a vision after a near-death experience. Later his church was led by his wide, Mary Thompson, and early-day leaders such as Mud Bay Louis and Mud Bay Sam. Today church members continue to combine Native American styles of singing, body movement, and verbal declarations with bell ringing, songs, burning candles, and shaking in a unique curing tradition that is honored outside the church particularly for its success in teaching against the use of alcohol. Intense community support, for both leader and patient, is a focal point in the lives of Shaker Church members. Their tradition has endured despite the important differences in members’ tribal backgrounds and religious viewpoints chronicled in this up-to-date account by veteran scholars Robert H. Ruby and John A. Brown, the first outsiders to have access to church records.

 

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Contents

John Slocum and the Beginnings of the Indian Shaker Church
3
Pacific Northwest Native Religion and Early Christian Missionaries
11
The World of John Slocum
22
Reviving a Struggling Church
35
The Formative Years of the Church
48
Healing the Sick
69
Worship and Ritual
83
A Mantle of Formality
109
Extending the Boundaries
138
The Klamath Connection
157
Schism within the Indian Shaker Church
173
Schismatic Fallout
197
Ashes Activists and Attrition
216
Afterword
233
Notes
237
Bibliography
279

A New Era
124

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Robert Ruby, author of Jericho, has worked as the Baltimore Sun bureau chief in Paris & in the Middle East. He now lives in Baltimore & is an editor at the newspaper.

John A. Brown was Professor Emeritus of History at Wenatchee Valley College, Washington. He is coauthor of numerous books, including Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History .

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