Religion and Culture in Native America

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Religion and Culture in Native America presents an introduction to a diverse array of Indigenous religious and cultural practices in North America, focusing on those issues in which tribal communities themselves are currently invested.  These topics include climate change; water rights; the protection of sacred places; the reclaiming of Indigenous foods, health and wellness; social justice; and the safety of Indigenous women and girls.  Locating such contemporary challenges within their historical, religious, and cultural contexts illuminates how Native communities' responses to such issues are not simply political but deeply spiritual, informed by sacred traditions, ethical, and profound truths.

In collaboration with renowned ethnographer and scholar of Native American religious traditions Ines Talamantez, Suzanne Crawford O'Brien abandons classical categories typically found in religious studies textbooks and challenges essentialist notions of Native American cultures.

Key features of this text include:

  • Consideration of Indigenous religious traditions within their historical, political, and cultural contexts
  • Thematic organization emphasizing the concerns and commitments of contemporary tribal communities
  • Maps and images that help to locate tribal communities and illustrate key themes 
  • Recommendations for further reading and research

Written in an engaging narrative style, this book makes an ideal text for undergraduate courses in Native American religions, religion and ecology, and world religions.


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Suzanne Crawford O'Brien with Ines Talamantez
Book Details:
paperback, 227 pages 2021