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TAGS: Encouragement; Health and healing; Indigenous people; Native Americans
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On the challenges of community-building among Indigenous people, written from the perspective of a childhood spent among Bahá'í pioneers on Native American land, and on reconciling traditional views with global Bahá'í teachings.

Encouragement, Challenges, Healing, and Progress:
The Bahá'í Faith in Indigenous Communities

by Alfred Kahn

published in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 26:3, pages 89-102
Ottawa: Association for Bahá'í Studies North America, 2016
About: In his article, Alfred Kahn calls for all people to participate in a conversation about the challenges of Indigenous Communities and to participate in community-building activities among Indigenous people. Nephew of Franklin Kahn, the first Native American to be elected to the National Spiritual Assembly, the author shares his perspective on growing up among Bahá’í pioneers on Indigenous land. He also shares his candid assessment of the prophetic promises in the Bahá’í Writings about Native Americans’ potential to contribute greatly to the peoples of the world once they have reconciled their own traditional views and teachings with the global promises of Bahá’u’lláh.
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