Roughly corresponding in time to the Great Awakening in the east, there was an extraordinary outpouring of prophecy among the western tribes of western Montana, Idaho and eastern Washington. Occurring prior to the arrival of white people, these prophecies began to alert the tribes to the Christian gospel, soon to arrive on their doorstep. One prophecy told of a Savior born long ago, that the tribes should learn to reverence. Another revealed “a talisman of terrific strength” that the tribes should put their confidence in – the cross. A third revealed a book – “leaves bound together” – that “white skinned ones” would bring.
The Forgotten Awakening tells the story of those prophecies and the spiritual fervor they produced west of the Rockies – roughly corresponding to the Second Great Awakening in the east. It suggests that, if God has a unique vision for the North American continent, the indigenous First Nations are an indispensable part of it, and were intended so from the beginning.