Native American/ First Nations Peoples of North America: their Christian Hymns

[Note: The terms most commonly used for North American aboriginal peoples are ‘Native Americans’ in the USA and ‘First Nations’ in Canada. Anthropologists and ethnologists tend to prefer language group designations, which often are not necessarily appropriately designated by national borders][1]   In North American hymnody there is no Christian tradition or denominational heritage that embodies the volume of productivity of hymns and hymnbooks that exists in Native American languages. The amount of hymn material is absolutely overwhelming and in large measure unacknowledged today in mainline churches of North America. It is primarily the result of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant...

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