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Environment and Belief Systems

1st Edition

Edited by G. N. Devy

Routledge India

256 pages

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This book is part of the prestigious Key Concepts in Indigenous Studies series designed to focus on the concepts that recur in any serious discussion of nature, culture and society in the discourse of the indigenous.

First in a five-volume series, this book deals with the two key concepts of environment and belief systems of the indigenous people from all continents of the world. With contributions from renowned scholars, activists and experts from across the globe, it presents a salient picture of the habitats of the indigenous and discusses the essential features of their belief systems. It explores indigenous perspectives related to religion, ritual and cultural practice, art and design, natural resources as well as climate change impacts among such communities in Latin & North America, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands), India, Brazil, South East Asia and Africa.

Bringing together academic insights and experiences from the ground, this unique book with its wide coverage will serve as a comprehensive guide for students, teachers and scholars of indigenous studies. It will be essential reading for those in anthropology, social anthropology, sociology and social exclusion studies, religion and theology, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures




1. Ritual and Cultural Practice among Indian Adivasis

Archana Prasad

2. The Forests Speak English: The Indigenous at Odds with the State

G. N. Devy

3. Indigenous Peoples and the Great Lakes in North America

Deborah McGregor

4. Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa: Indigenous Art, Nature and Climate Change

Tracey Benson, Lee Joachim, Huhana Smith, Penny Allan, Martin Bryant, Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Penehuro Fatu Lefale and Charles Dawson

5. Indigenous Religions of Oceania: Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands

James L. Cox

6. Indigeneity, the Environment and Africa: Some Key Concepts from the /Xam of Southern Africa

Michael Wessels

7. Can There Be Religions Without Belief? Religion in Latin America

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

8. Indigenous Peoples and the Environment: Views from Brazil

Seth Garfield


About the Editor

G. N. Devy is Honorary Professor, Centre for Multidisciplinary Development Research, Dharwad, India and Chairman, People’s Linguistic Survey of India. An award-winning writer and cultural activist, he is known for his fifty-volume language survey. He is the Founder Director of the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh in Gujarat, India and was formerly Professor of English at M. S. University of Baroda. He is recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, Linguapax Prize, Prince Claus Award, and Padma Shri. With several books in English, Marathi and Gujarati, he has co-edited (with Geoffrey V. Davis and K. K. Chakravarty) Narrating Nomadism: Tales of Recovery and Resistance (2012); Knowing Differently: The Challenge of the Indigenous (2013); Performing Identities: Celebrating Indigeneity in the Arts (2014); and The Language Loss of the Indigenous (2016), published by Routledge.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Folk & Outsider Art
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
NATURE / Ecology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies