Mormons and Natives: A JI Blogliography

By November 13, 2013

Since the JI’s founding in 2007, our permas and guests have spent a lot of time thinking about Mormonism’s encounters with indigenous peoples. Here’s a “blogliography” (ht: Blair) of our past posts on the subject, through October 2013:


Mahana, You Naked: Johnny Lingo and the Politics of Nakedness

A Tahitian, Mormon Indian Scout

Mormonism in Colonial Spaces

I’m Bored: Responses to Mormonism in the Pacific

Boycotting General Conference 40 Years Ago: The Lamanite Generation, the American Indian Movement, and Temple Square

Hannah Kaaepa: A Hawaiian Mormon Woman in Washington

Hawaiian History, Colonialism, and the Polynesian Cultural Center

Marjorie Newton’s “Tiki and Temple” Review


“Owned by the white people”: America and Native Americans in Church History Sunday School Lessons, 1934

“the very intrinsic traits of their culture”: Lamanites and the Construction of Religiosity

David G.

Larry EchoHawk’s Mormonism, Casinos, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Mormonism in the Western Historical Quarterly, Spring 2009 (highlights a Matthew Kester article on Native Hawaiians in SLC)

Early Mormon Lamanism, Forgotten Apocalyptic Visions, and the Indian Prophet

Pioneer Day and Remember/Forgetting Utah’s Indian Wars

George P. Lee, First “Lamanite” 70, Dies

Columbus, the European Conquest, and the Radical Message of the Book of Mormon

Sagwitch: Shoshone Survivor of the Bear River Massacre, Mormon Convert

The Lamanite “Great Reversal”: A Reception History of 3 Nephi 20:15-16

From the Archives: A Bickertonite Missionary Among the Lakotas

The Mormons and the Ghost Dance: A Literature Review

Arizona, Race, and Mormon Political Identity

“Linking One Generation to Another”: Dedicating the “This is the Place” Monument, 1947

Review: Anne Hyde’s Empires, Nations, and Families

Larry Echo Hawk and Lamanite Identities

Mormon-Indian Relations in Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

Elder George P. Lee and the New Jerusalem: A Reception History of 3 Nephi 21:22-23


Mormon Navajo Youth at the Intermountain Indian Boarding School

Miss Indian BYU and Material Culture

Nate R.

Joseph F. Smith’s Sandwich Islands Journals


Gathering the Scattered Children of Lehi: Constructions of Whiteness and Israelite Lineage in the Pacific Islands Missions

Picturing Lamanites building the New Jerusalem: an addendum to “Trying to make our children’s”

Trying to make our children’s Book of Mormon illustrations not quite so politically incorrect

“On Zion’s Mt.”: Redd Lecture by Jared Farmer

Manifest Mormon Destiny

Emeritus and Guest Bloggers

Jared T.

Racial Difference, Sexuality, and Colonizing Mexican Mormons, Part 1

Recap of the Conference on the History of Mormonism in Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and the Centennial of the Mormon Exodus

Early Mormon Ideas about Cursings, Interracial Marriage, and the Priesthood Ban

Full Text of Elder Marlin K. Jensen’s “The Rest of the Story: Latter-day Saint Relations with Utah’s Native Americans” in the Latest MHS

Desidena Yanez and the Relief Society in the Mexican Mission

Perspectives on Parley Pratt’s Autobiography: Racial Perceptions and Pratt’s 1851 Mission to Chile

The Establishment of the Spanish-American Mission

Changes in the Book of Mormon Introduction

Jared Farmer

Mormons, Indian Displacement, and Useable Pasts

Lori Taylor

Joseph Smith in Iroquois County: The Handsome Lake Story

Dale Topham

Book Review: Jared Farmer’s On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape

Dominic Martinez

Guest Book Review: “Remembering Iosepa”

Multiple Author

Mormon History at the Western History Association (highlights papers dealing with Natives and Mormons at WHA 2013)

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  1. Bookmarking this for when this will certainly be needed…

    Comment by Ben P — November 13, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  2. Thanks for this, David. I’m impressed at how much we have produced.

    Comment by Amanda HK — November 13, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

  3. Thanks for putting this together, David. I’d actually forgotten both of my own posts you linked to.

    Comment by Christopher — November 16, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  4. Thanks for compiling the list.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — November 17, 2013 @ 10:51 pm


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