Dismantled sweat lodge exposes rift in Christian, traditional teaching
By Ingrid Peritz
Chief Louise Wapachee, reached by phone, refused to discuss the case. Other band members also declined. But one Cree elder who opposes the sweat lodge said he believes it doesn’t belong in Oujé-Bougoumou.
“We don’t want to confuse our youth,” said John Shecapio-Blacksmith, 61. “I’m a Christian. A lot of people here got saved through prayer. That’s why we don’t want to build anything.” He added: “You have to be careful what you bring into the community. You don’t want to bring in witchcraft.”
The conflict underscores the complicated legacy of the Christian church among Canadian aboriginals, from residential schools to the missionaries who tried to suppress traditional ceremonies associated with shamanism.
That's the kind of thinking that leads to banning Harry Potter books and "The Wizard of Oz." And in extreme cases, burning people at the stake.
I guess we know why "two spirit" people are no longer accepted among many tribes today. Because they aren't traditional according to Leviticus.
For more on the subject, see Conservatives Attack "Ugly" Native Prayer and Giago: Native Religions Don't Work.