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Thomas Crosby and the Tsimshian

Small Shoes for Feet Too Large

In Thomas Crobsy and the Tsimshian: Small Shoes for Feet Too Large, Clarence Bolt demonstrates that the Indians were conscious participants in the acculturation and conversion process – as long as this met their goals – and not merely passive receivers of the blessings as typically reported by the missionaries. In order to understand the complexities of Indian-European contact, Bolt argues, one must look at the reasons for the Indians’ behaviour as well as those of the Europeans. He points out that the Indians actively influenced the manner in which their relationships with the white population developed, often resulting in a complex interaction in which the values of both groups rubbed off on each other.

170 pages

Table of Contents



1 The Original People

2 The Arrival of Europeans: Early Contacts

3 Revivalism and Civilization: The Making of a Methodist Missionary

4 Tsimshian Acculturation: ’Religious’ Life

5 Tsimshian Acculturation: ’Secular’ Life

6 The Role of the Tsimshian in Conversion





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