It may be misleading to speak about Native peoples as simply accepting or rejecting European religions. Everywhere, indigenous people interpreted Christian teachings and combined them with their own. They gave new meanings to ceremonies such as baptism and communion and to figures such as Jesus and the Virgin Mary. For many, traditional beliefs and practices remained an important source of resistance and identity.
Is that a Christian cross at the center of the Pueblo bowl?
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Department of Cultural Resources
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