The Book of Mormon has been claimed by the LDS Church to be a history of Native Americans. While this proposition has been scaled back over the years it’s still somewhat present in a literalist view of the text. But why is it that Native Americans are rarely and then only selectively consulted in the conversation as to the book’s origins? Surely the church and Mormon scholars, should be beating a determined path to the door of Native Americans to receive their wisdom and input.
Thomas Murphy (Mohawk) and I discuss this dynamic; why it might be? And, what is the potential for the faith in allowing for the very voices that are central to the Book of Mormon narrative.
I really enjoyed listening to two extremely intelligent people discussing this complex topic. Feeling invigorated and reflective thank you.
Thomas Murphy described the “seer stone” with a different term. Could you repeat that? I would like to read up on this. Thanks.
Mandy, the term I used is Ulûñsû’tĭ and it comes from Barbara Alice Mann’s book, Native Americans, Archaeology, and the Mounds. Angelo Baca and I discuss this similarity in some detail in our article, “Rejecting
Racism” that you can download at:
I posted that on behalf of Thomas who is struggling posting his own responses.
Thanks so much.
Excellent podcast. I cannot believe the discourse between the Native American community has been so entirely lacking. Talk about a duh moment. Keep prodding, probing and shining the light on this. You are way ahead of the curve. I look forward to more light and knowledge in the future. I hope others will join you in the scholarship.
Thanks for this discussion about decolonizing the Book of Mormon. I had so many moments of, “Whoa, that’s really obvious and yet it never occurred to me before,” particularly when Thomas started talking about ownership of artifacts and repatriation. Why had it never occurred to me that the golden plates, if they existed, should have been returned to the descendants of the people who wrote it? Clearly I still have a lot to learn. Mind officially blown.
Thomas Murphy should discuss some of these dna, cultural, linguistic, and artifact evidence.
Nephite/Hopewell Fortifications and ruins
Reformed Egyptian Four Surviving Characters
Native American Traditional use of Sacred Metal Tablets
Archeological Evidence of the West Sea Fortified Line
Native American Hebrew like temples
Book of Mormon Cloth and Fine Twined Linen
Buried Nephite City and BOM Elephants
Book of Mormon Breastplates
Book of Mormon goats and cattle
Book of Mormon Swords
Book of Mormon DNA Evidence X2A’J
None of the things that Native Americans created or worked with have anything to do with Egyptians, Hebrews, Asians, Africans, or Europeans. Native Americans were isolated for at least 30,000 years until 1492 and the mass immigration of Invaders.