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.