Christian Reformed Church 1 (Outtakes)

Christian Reformed Church
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Named locations: Church of the Nazarene, Twin Butte Mission; Bethany Christian Reformed Church, Gallup, New Mexico
Major themes covered: This footage is composed of random outtakes for a film titled, “His Way, with Shorty Benally.” The film appears to be a cautionary tale about the evils of alcoholism and the redemptive power of the Church.  This collection of outtakes contains multiple takes of different shots and scenes.
Native activities shown:  Leisure; Daily life: Horseback riding; Spectating and participating in a parade; Baseball practice; Attending a carnival
Individuals Named: "Shorty Benally" 
Native language spoken: No
Audible:  silent 
Noteworthy elements:  This film contains some beautiful wide shots of landscape in and around Gallup, New Mexico

Other notes:

The website for the Christian Reformed World Missions offers a concise history of the Christian Reformed Church’s missionary efforts Worldwide. The Board of Heathen Missions oversaw CRC missionary work, this office later became the Board of Indian and Foreign Missions; CRC evangelical work to the Sioux, Navajo and Zuni tribes began in the 1890s.

For a fuller history of the Christian Reformed Church’s evangelical missions to the Navajo and Zuni tribes, see Hoesee and Meehan’s “Flourishing in the Land.” This book of church history has many good quality historic photographs, offers a detailed account of the CRC’s missions in the American southwest and includes names of prominent missionaries and American Indian parishioners.

Hoezee, S. & Meehan C.S. (1996). Flourishing in the land: A hundred-year history of Christian Reformed Missions in North America. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: Grand Rapids: Michigan.

--Mikel Stone, 2012