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Indigenous Religion(s) in Sápmi
Reclaiming Sacred Grounds

ISBN 9781032014272
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
214 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Indigenous religion(s) are afterlives of a particular sort, shaped by globalising discourses on what counts as an indigenous religion on the one hand and the continued presence of local traditions on the other. Focusing on the Norwegian side of Sápmi since the 1970s, this book explores the reclaiming of ancestral pasts and notions of a specifically Sámi religion. It connects religion, identity and nation-building, and takes seriously the indigenous turn as well as geographical and generational distinctions. Focal themes include protective activism and case studies from the art and culture domain, both of which are considered vital to the making of indigenous afterlives in indigenous formats. This volume will be of great interest to scholars of Global Indigenous studies, Sámi cultural studies and politics, Ethnicity and emergence of new identities, Anthropology, Studies in religion, and folklore studies.

Table of Contents


1 Afterlives in the making: Sámi religion—indigenous formats

2 Let the river livewater is life: indigenous activism from Alta to Standing Rock

3 Sacred mountains—spiritual activism

4 Mari Boine—vocal resistance, sonic sovereignty

5 Drum-time revisited: the heritagization of shamanism

Conclusion: Changing topographies of indigenous religion(s)

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Siv Ellen Kraft is a Professor in the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, and Theology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.