Earlier in this school year I learned that the Native Americans who converted into Christianity did not fight the Colonists who stole their(Natives') land and forced them to migrate west. Infact, these natives sided with the colonists and fought AGAINST their own people. WHY?

Later, I watched a PBS Documentary titled "We Shall Remain" and found my answer. Here is my explanation:


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Q: Why do you think some native people who converted to Christianity chose to fight with the English? Why didn’t tribes join together in fighting the English?



In the documentary We Shall Remain by the PBS American Experience, the trials and tribulations of the initial settlement of the Plymouth Colony is explained in an exciting chronological reenactment. As the documentary drew toward the end, it discussed the great Philip’s War – the clash of the Natives and the English colonists - and why some native people who converted to Christianity chose to fight with the English, and why the different tribes did not join together in fighting the English.
In the spring of 1630, a fleet of English ships arrived at the north coast of Plymouth with one thousand new immigrants – which significantly raised the number of pilgrims in Plymouth Colony. When the Wampanoags began to feel threatened by the growing number of pilgrims, they “got the idea that somehow if [they] are to survive at all, [they’ve] got to at least say that [they’re] assimilated; [they’ve] got to say that [they were] Christian. Whatever that means, or [they’re] going to be wiped out completely.”(Doe).
In order for natives to convert to Christianity, Natives were required to experience a “conversion experience that was witnessed by the congregation and that was deemed sufficient that you've been saved.”(O’Brien). Hereby, natives were coerced into believing in the Christian god, and grew to believe that they had been “saved” by Christianity (Doe). A set of documents, Tears of Repentance, written by the natives who had gone through the conversion experiences stated that Indians were made to cut off their long hair against their will. Consequently, the natives were forced to throw away Native tradition, culture and their previous beliefs, which angered many Indians. But as the effects of acculturation and the Christian religion dug deeper into their veins, natives began to believe firmly in the Christian god. “When they said the devil was my God, I was angry, because I was proud. I loved to pray to many Gods. Then going to your house, I more desired to hear of God... then I was angry with myself and loathed myself and thought God will not forgive my sins.”(Native).
While the Natives believed strongly in the Christian god, they seem to have feared him more than they loved him. In all three Native accounts presented in the documentary, the Natives were “angry with [themselves] and loathed [themselves] and thought God will not forgive [their] sins. Accordingly, the Missionaries are deemed to have installed religious fear in the natives – resulting in faith through fear rather than faith through love and innate will.
The English Missionaries not only coerced the Natives to express belief in the Christian god but also demanded that the Natives replace their culture with the English culture. Consequently, the missionaries “tear[ed] apart many native communities”. (Calloway). As the Plymouth Colony’s foothold in America stabilized, the English grew stronger and thus began to see the natives as inferior beings.
Because the English no longer needed the Natives, fur trade between the natives and the colonists declined while the colonists’ demand for Algonquian land increased. “More and more Native People, for whatever reason, were choosing to move to praying towns. The world that Philip had created [collapsed] around him.”(Richer). When the Natives willingly moved to the praying towns, it was a sign of acquiesce - a sign that the Natives were now one with the colonists - assimilated both religiously and culturally. Because the converted Natives were too set into the concept of a Christian god and the Plymouth colony, by the time the war began, those Natives sided with the English. The Natives were spiritually Christian, thus a part of the Plymouth colony. Correspondingly, the children of the converts who were born in the Praying Towns knew only of the Praying Town and nothing of the Native culture. The children of the Native converts were, essentially, no different from the children of the colonists.
The Phillips “war spread to Connecticut… into Rhode Island and …into eastern New York. Tribe after tribe after tribe became involved in this” (Edmunds) yet the tribes did not join forces. The reason for this is believed to be a long history of distrust among the Indians. Although the groups spoke similar Algonquian dialect, they were not allies with each other. Therefore when the war spread, the tribes each fought their own war with the English colonists.