Religious Studies and Theology, Vol 26, No 1 (2007)

The Bad Side to The Good Story: Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Christian Conversion in the Mackenzie Delta 1906-1925

Walter J. Vanast
Issued Date: 15 Jul 2007

Abstract


Between 1909 and 1913, the Inuit of the Mackenzie Delta (or Eskimos as they were then known) were all baptized and joined the Anglican Church. Th ese conversions were both sudden and surprising given that evangelization had failed for decades. Why conversion happened and how it changed them—as perceived at the time by ethnologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Anglican cleric Charles E. Whittaker—is what follows here, drawn primarily from diaries, and archival resources.

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DOI: 10.1558/rsth.v26i1.77

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