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Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations

1st Edition

By Charles D. Thompson Jr.

Edited by Graham Harvey


210 pages

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Indigenous religions are now present not only in their places of origin but globally. They are significant parts of the pluralism and diversity of the contemporary world, especially when their performance enriches and/or challenges host populations. Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations engages with examples of communities with different experiences, expectations and evaluations of diaspora life. It contributes significantly to debates about indigenous cultures and religions, and to understandings of identity and alterity in late or post-modernity. This book promises to enrich understanding of indigenity, and of the globalized world in which indigenous people play diverse roles.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. Part 1 (Re)forming identities and connections: Native thoughts: a Pacific studies take on cultural studies and diaspora, Teresia K. Teaiwa; Migrating bodies, circulating signs: Brazilian Candomblé, the Garifuna of the Caribbean and the category of indigenous religions, Paul C. Johnson; Mobile identity: the Mapuche of Santiago, Chile, Andrea Avaría Saavedra. Part 2 Maintenance and performance of identities: The Jacalteco Maya: natives of bleeding land, Charles D. Thompson Jr; 'Diaspora' and the Wabanaki relationship with land, Kenneth Mello; The Orishas: the influence of the Yoruba cultural diaspora, Olu Taiwo; Performing identity and entertaining guests in the Maori diaspora, Graham Harvey. Part 3 Contesting Disappearance: Six nations of the Haudenosaunee: continuity and disfranchisement, Phillip P. Arnold; Finding wisdom in places: Lumbee family history, Malinda Maynor; Our sea of phosphate: the diaspora of Ocean Island, Katerina Martina Teaiwa. Index.

About the Author/Editor

Dr Graham Harvey is Lecturer in Religious Studies in the Arts Faculty, Open University, UK. Charles D. Thompson Jr is Curriculum and Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies and is Adjunct Professor of Religion and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, USA.

About the Series

Vitality of Indigenous Religions

Routledge's Vitality of Indigenous Religions series offers an exciting cluster of research monographs, drawing together volumes from leading international scholars across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Indigenous religions are vital and empowering for many thousands of indigenous peoples globally, and dialogue with, and consideration of, these diverse religious life-ways promises to challenge and refine the methodologies of a number of academic disciplines, whilst greatly enhancing understandings of the world.

This series explores the development of contemporary indigenous religions from traditional, ancestral precursors, but the characteristic contribution of the series is its focus on their living and current manifestations. Devoted to the contemporary expression, experience and understanding of particular indigenous peoples and their religions, books address key issues which include: the sacredness of land, exile from lands, diasporic survival and diversification, the indigenization of Christianity and other missionary religions, sacred language, and re-vitalization movements. Proving of particular value to academics, graduates, postgraduates and higher level undergraduate readers worldwide, this series holds obvious attraction to scholars of Native American studies, Maori studies, African studies and offers invaluable contributions to religious studies, sociology, anthropology, geography and other related subject areas.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General