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A Chosen People, a Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawai'i

Hokulani K. Aikau


Christianity figured prominently in the imperial and colonial exploitation and dispossession of indigenous peoples worldwide, yet many indigenous people embrace Christian faith as part of their cultural and ethnic identities. This book gets to the heart of this contradiction by exploring how Native Hawaiian members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (more commonly known as Mormons) understand and negotiate their place in this quintessentially American religion. Mormon missionaries arrived in Hawaiʻi in 1850, a mere twenty years after Joseph Smith founded the Church. This book t ... More

Keywords: Christianity, indigenous peoples, Mormons, American religion, Hawaiʻi, Joseph Smith, Native Hawaiians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816674619
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hokulani K. Aikau, author