For the Healing of the Nations: Lumbee Indian Community, Christian Missions, and the Transformative Power of Intervention Public Deposited

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  • October 10, 2018
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  • Lowry, David S.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
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  • What does it mean for Native Americans to practice intervention that takes them across the world? This dissertation analyzes this phenomenon through the lens of the Lumbee Indian community of North Carolina. The Lumbee Indian community, at this moment, is defined by their permanence within constant struggles to define themselves vis-à-vis U.S. Federal mandates to make Indian identity localized, traditional, and otherwise unchanging. However, as Christians and agents of change across the U.S. and world, Lumbee people do not concede to these frameworks as they utilize missionary identities to provide healing for traumatized people across the world and throughout the United States. This ability to heal, I argue, is based in the steady importance of division and exclusion in the Lumbee community. Exclusive identities and spaces have influenced and prepared Lumbee missionaries for their specific missions, even as Lumbee missionaries begin to find it necessary to acknowledge one another and
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  • Peacock, James L.
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  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2012
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