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General Information

Name:  James Treat  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in Anadarko, Oklahoma

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Treat lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Treat is an associate professor of Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He teaches courses on indigenous religious and ecological traditions.


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Titles At Your Library

Native and Christian: Indigenous Voices on Religious Identity in the United States and Canada
ISBN: 0415913748

Routledge. 1996

Native and Christian is an anthology of essays by indigenous writers in the United States and Canada on the problem of native Christian identity. This anthology documents the emergence of a significant new collective voice on the North American religious landscape. It brings together in one volume articles originally published in a variety of sources (many of them obscure or out-of-print) including religious magazines, scholarly journals, and native periodicals, along with one previously unpublished manuscript.

Writing the Cross Culture: Native Fiction on the White Man's Religion
ISBN: 1555915418

Fulcrum Publishing. 2006

A collection of fiction pieces by some of the most notable contemporary Native American authors, as well as up-and-coming authors, which explores the interface between Native American culture and American Christianity.

Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era
ISBN: 0252075013

University of Illinois Press. 2007

Around the Sacred Fire is a compelling cultural history of intertribal activism centered on the Indian Ecumenical Conference, an influential movement among native people in Canada and the U.S. during the Red Power era. Founded in 1969, the Conference began as an attempt at organizing grassroots spiritual leaders who were concerned about the conflict between tribal and Christian traditions throughout Indian country. By the mid-seventies thousands of people were gathering each summer in the foothills of the Rockies, where they participated in weeklong encampments promoting spiritual revitalization and religious self-determination. Most historical overviews of native affairs in the sixties and seventies emphasize the prominence of the American Indian Movement and the impact of highly publicized confrontations such as the Northwest Coast fish-ins, the Alcatraz occupation, and events at Wounded Knee. The Indian Ecumenical Conference played a central role in stimulating cultural revival among native people, partly because Conference leaders strategized for social change in ways that differed from the militant groups. Drawing on archival records, published accounts, oral histories, and field research, James Treat has written the first comprehensive study of this important but overlooked effort at postcolonial interreligious dialogue.