Many native and Indigenous communities across what today is known as the Americas share a deep appreciation for their cultures, identities, and Christian faith. Despite the brutality of colonial Christianity, many find strength in Christ and continue to fight for a dignified place in the Catholic Church called to recognize her indigenous roots in this continent. The Virgin of Guadalupe, the Taino Cacique Enriquillo, and the Mohawk Saint Catherine Tekakwitha speak of this historical reality. On October 10, Indigenous Peoples Day, let’s honor the depths of their cosmologies that speak of an interconnected world full of relatives, all God’s children called into ethical relationships.
Cecilia Titizano, Ph.D.