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    Scholarly attention to Indigenous religions has grown massively in the last twenty years. Within varied forms of Indigenous Studies (e.g. Native American Studies, Maori Studies), as a field itself, and within ethnological disciplines such as Anthropology and Religious Studies, issues related to Indigenous peoples have become increasingly important.

    Indigenous Religions brings together significant journal articles from the last fifteen years to provoke further discussion and to underpin improved teaching and up-to-date research. Some of the selected articles have already played significant roles in shaping debates in diverse areas, but bringing them together, combined with lesser known yet equally significant ones, enhances their significance and gives them a greater value to researchers and students. This collection is intended to provide an unrivalled resource for future developments in the disciplines that touch on Indigenous religions and current issues as they unfold in the twenty-first century.

    Indigenous Religions: Critical Concepts on Religious Studies#

    Edited by Graham Harvey and Amy Whitehead

    Volume 1: Place, Language, and Community



    General Introduction

    Introduction to volume 1

    1. Bjorn Ola Tafjord, ‘Indigenous Religion(s) as an Analytical Category’, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 25, 2013, 221-243.

    2. Mary C. Churchill, ‘Toward a Scholarship of Liberation: Arvind Sharma’s A Primal Perspective on the Philosophy of Religion’, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79.4, 2011, 795-802.

    3. Harvey, Graham, ‘Guesthood as Ethical Decolonising Research Method’, Numen 50, 2, 2003, 125-146.

    Part 1. Place

    4. Deborah Bird Rose, ‘Dreaming Ecology: Beyond the Between’, Religion & Literature 40, 1, 2008, 109-122.

    5. Martin W. Ball, ‘"People Speaking Silently to Themselves": An Examination of Keith Basso's Philosophical Speculations on "Sense of Place" in Apache Cultures’, American Indian Quarterly 26, 3, 2002, 460-478.

    6. Siv Ellen Kraft, ‘The Making of a Sacred Mountain. Meanings of Nature and Sacredness in Sápmi and Northern Norway’, Religion 40, 1, 2010, 53-61.

    7. Graham Harvey, ‘Indigenising in a Globalised World: The Re-Seeding of Belonging to Lands’ Worldviews 20, 2016, 300–310.

    8. Vanessa Watts, ‘Indigenous Place-thought & Agency Amongst Humans and Non-humans (First Woman and Sky Woman Go On a European World Tour!)’, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 2, 1, 2013, 20-34.

    9. Thomas F. King, ‘U.S. Government Burdens on the Exercise of Traditional Religions: Two Cases Provide Conflicting Interpretations’ International Journal of Cultural Property 18, 2011, 393–396.

    Part 2. Language

    10. Tisa Wenger, ‘"We Are Guaranteed Freedom": Pueblo Indians and the Category of Religion in the 1920’s’, History of Religions 45, 2, 2005, 89-113.

    11. Jace Weaver, ‘The Mystery of Language: N. Scott Momaday, An Appreciation’, Studies in American Indian Literatures 20, 4, 2008, 76-86.

    12. Seth Schermerhorn, ‘O’odham Songscapes: Journeys to Magdalena Remembered in Song’, Journal of the Southwest 58, 2, 2016, 237-260.

    13. Sylvia Moore ‘A Trickster Tale About Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in University-Based Programs’, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2, 2012, 324–330.

    14. Amba J. Sepie ‘Conversing with Some Chickadees: Cautious Acts of Ontological Translation’, Literature and Medicine 32, 2, 2014, 277-298.

    Part 3. Community

    15. Greg Johnson, ‘Authenticity, Invention, Articulation: Theorizing Contemporary Hawaiian Traditions from the Outside’, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 20, 2008, 243-258.

    16. Sylvia Marcos, ‘Mesoamerican Women’s Indigenous Spirituality: Decolonising Religious Beliefs’ Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 25, 2, 2009, 25-45

    17. Marcelo Gonzalez Galvez ‘The Truth of Experience and Its Communication: Reflections on Mapuche Epistemology’, Anthropological Theory 15, 2, 2015, 141–157.

    18. Steven Engler, ‘Umbanda and Hybridity’ Numen 56, 2009, 545-577.

    19. Dennis Kelley, ‘"Our Ancestors Paddle With Us": Chumash and Makah Indian "Canoe Culture"’, Religious Studies and Theology 30, 2, 2011, 189–207.

    20. Piers Vitebsky and Anatoly Alekseyev, ‘Casting Timeshadows: Pleasure and Sadness of Moving among Nomadic Reindeer Herders in north-east Siberia’, Mobilities 10, 4, 2015, 518-530.


    Volume 2: World-making, cosmology, ecology and life-ways



    Introduction to volume 2


    Part 1. World-making (through ritual, performance, song – brings worlds into being)

    21. Greg Sarris, ‘Bluebelly’, Bay Nature Jan-Mar, 2011.

    22. Lawrence W. Gross, ‘The Trickster and World Maintenance: An Anishinaabe Reading of Louise Erdrich’s Tracks’, Studies in American Indian Literatures 17, 3, 48-66.

    23. Viveiros de Castro, ‘Exchanging Perspectives: The Transformation of Objects into Subjects in Amerindian Ontologies’, Common Knowledge 10, 3, 2004, 463-484

    24. Irene Lara, ‘Latina Health Activist-Healers Bridging Body and Spirit’, Women & Therapy 31, 1, 2008, 21-40.

    25. David Shorter, ‘Hunting for History in Potam Pueblo: A Yoeme (Yaqui) Indian Deer Dancing Epistemology’, Folklore 118, 3, 2007, 282-306.

    Part 2. Cosmology (examples of cosmologies and theories)

    26. Johannes Neurath, ‘Sifting Ontologies in Huichol Ritual and Art’, Anthropology and Humanism 40, 1, 2015, 58–71.

    27. Penelope S. Bernard ‘"Living Water" in Nguni Healing Traditions, South Africa’, Worldviews 17, 2013, 138-149.

    28. Michel Graulich, ‘Aztec Human Sacrifice as Expiation’, History of Religions 39, 4, 2000, 352-371.

    29. Ian J. McNiven, ‘Saltwater People: Spiritscapes, Maritime Rituals and the Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Seascapes’, World Archaeology 35, 3, 2003, 329-349.

    30. Matthew A. Taylor, ‘"Contagious Emotions" and the Ghost Dance Religion: Mooney’s Science, Black Elk’s Fever’ ELH 81, 3, 2014, 1055-1082.

    31. Sarah M. Strong, ‘The Most Revered of Foxes: Knowledge of Animals and Animal Power in an Ainu Kamui Yukar’, Asian Ethnology 68, 1, 2009, 27-54.

    32. Dimitri Tsintjilonis ‘The Flow of Life in Buntao: Southeast Asian Animism Reconsidered’, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 160, 4, 2004, 425-455.

    Part 3. Ecology and life-ways

    33. Danny Naveh and Nurit Bird-David, ‘Animism, Conservation and Immediacy’, in Graham Harvey (ed.), The Handbook of Contemporary Animism (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014), pp. 27-37.

    34. Jace Weaver, ‘Misfit Messengers: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Climate Change’ Journal of the American Academy of Religion 83, 2, 2015, 320-335.

    35. David S. Walsh, ‘The Nature of Food: Indigenous Dene Foodways and Ontologies in the Era of Climate Change’, Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis 26, 2015, 225-249.

    36. James Treat, ‘Peyote Woman’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 10, 2, 2016, 141-149.

    37. Natalia Moragas Segura and Elena Mazzetto, ‘Contexts of Offerings and Ritual Maize in the Pictographic Record in Central Mexico’, Religion and Food, Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 26, 2015, 82-100.

    38. Colin Scott, ‘Spirit and Practical Knowledge in the Person of the Bear among Wemindji Cree Hunters’, Ethnos 71, 1, 2006, 51-66.

    39. Robin Wall Kimmerer, ‘Searching for Synergy: Integrating Traditional and Scientific Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Science Education’, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2, 2012, 317–323.

    40. Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye, ‘Salvaging Nature: The Akan Religio-Cultural Perspective’, Worldviews 13, 2009, 251-282.

    Volume 3: Spirits, possession and witchery



    Introduction to volume 3

    Part 1. Spirits

    41. Edith Turner, ‘"This Is My Profession"—Changes in African Ritual Consciousness over Thirty-One Years", Anthropology and Humanism 36, 1, 2011, 7-17.

    42. Eduarda Viveiros De Castro, ‘The Crystal Forest: Notes on the Ontology of

    Amazonian Spirits’, Inner Asia 9, 2007, 153–172.

    43. Bettina E. Schmidt, ‘Spirit Mediumship in Brazil: The Controversy about Semi-Conscious Mediums’, DISKUS 17, 2, 2015, 38-53.

    44. Andrew Dawson, ‘Spirit Possession in a New Religious Context: The Umbandization of Santo Daime’, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 15, 4, 2012, 60-84.

    Part 2. Mediumship. Possession and other relations

    45. Nurit Bird-David, ‘No Past, No Present: A Critical-Nayaka Perspective on Cultural Remembering’, American Ethnologist 31, 3, 2004, 406-421.

    46. Homayun Sidky ‘The State Oracle of Tibet, Spirit Possession, and Shamanism’, Numen 58, 2011, 71-99.

    47. Martin Holbraad, ‘Definitive Evidence, from Cuban Gods’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.), 2008, S93-S109

    48. Robin M. Wright, ‘Assault Sorcery’, Oxford Handbook Online, June 2015.

    49. Dan Rosengren, ‘Transdimensional Relations: On Human-spirit Interaction in the Amazon’, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 12, 4, 2006, 803-816.

    50. Margaret Lyngdoh, ‘The Vanishing Hitchhiker in Shillong: Khasi Belief Narratives and Violence Against Women’, Asian Ethnology 71, 2, 2012, 207-224.

    Part 3. Witchery

    51. Monica Avila, ‘Leslie Marmon Silko’s CEREMONY: Witchery and Sacrifice of Self", Explicator 67, 1, 2008, 53-55.

    52. Thomas J. Csordas, ‘Healing and the Human Condition: Scenes from the Present Moment in Navajoland’, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 28, 2004, 1-14.

    53. Dale Wallace, ‘Rethinking Religion, Magic and Witchcraft in South Africa: From Colonial Coherence to Postcolonial Conundrum’, Journal for the Study of Religion 28, 1, 2015, 23-51.

    54. Robert Blunt, ‘Oracles, Trauma, and the Limits of Contextualization: Naming the Witch in Contemporary Kenya’ Journal of Religion in Africa 43, 2013, 329-349.

    55. T. S. Petrus and D. L. Bogopa, ‘Natural and Supernatural: Intersections Between the Spiritual and Natural Worlds in African Witchcraft and Healing with Reference to Southern Africa’, The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 7, 1, 2007, 1-10.

    56. Adam Ashforth, ‘Muthi, Medicine and Witchcraft: Regulating

    ‘African Science’ in Post-Apartheid South Africa?’, Social Dynamics, 31, 2, 2005, 211-242

    57. Tabona Shoko, ‘Karanga Traditional Medicine and Healing’, African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines 4, 4, 2007, 501-509.

    Volume 4: Animism, Totemism and Fetishism



    Introduction to volume 4

    Part 1. Animism

    58. Tim Ingold, ‘Rethinking the Animate, Re-Animating Thought’, Ethnos 71, 1, 2006, 9-20.

    59. Rane Willerslev, ‘Taking Animism Seriously, but Perhaps Not Too Seriously?’, Religion and Society: Advances in Research 4, 2013, 41-57.

    60. Marshall Sahlins, ‘On the Ontological Scheme of Beyond Nature and Culture’, Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 4, 1, 2014, 281-290.

    61. Nurit Bird-David, ‘Animistic Epistemology: Why do Some Hunter-Gatherers Not Depict Animals?’, Ethnos 71, 1, 2006, 33-50.

    62. Morten Axel Pedersen, ‘Multiplicity Without Myth: Theorising Darhad Perspectivism’ Inner Asia 9, 2, 2007, 311-328.

    63. Laura Rival, ‘The Materiality of Life: Revisiting the Anthropology of Nature in Amazonia’, INDIANA 29, 2012, 127-143.

    Part 2. Totemism and shamanism

    64. Deborah Rose, ‘An Indigenous Philosophical Ecology: Situating the Human", The Australian Journal of Anthropology 16, 3, 2005, 294-305.

    65. Ian Keen, ‘Ancestors, Magic, and Exchange in Yolngu Doctrines: Extensions and the Person in Time and Space’, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 12, 3, 2006, 515-530.

    66. Charles Stépanoff, ‘Devouring Perspectives: On Cannibal Shamans in Siberia’, Inner Asia 11, 2009, 283-307.

    67. Roberte N. Hamayon, ‘The Three Duties of Good Fortune: "Luck" as a Relational Process among Hunting Peoples of the Siberian Forest in Pre-Soviet Times’, Social Analysis 56, 1, 2012, 99-116.

    68. Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, ‘Rethinking Identity and Feminism: Contributions of Mapuche Women and Machi from Southern Chile’, Hypatia 18, 2, 2003, 32-57.

    69. Joslyn Cassady, ‘"Strange Things Happen to Non-Christian People": Human-Animal Transformation among the Inupiat of Arctic Alaska’, American Indian Culture and Research Journal 32, 1, 2008, 83-101.

    Part 3. Fetishism

    70. Alf Hornborg, ‘Animism, Fetishism, and Objectivism as Strategies for Knowing (or not Knowing) the World’, Ethnos 71, 1, 2006, 21-32.

    71. Markus Balkenhol, ‘Working with the Ancestors. The Kabra Mask and the "African Renaissance" in the Afro-Surinamese Winti Religion’, Material Religion 11, 2, 2015, 250-254.

    72. Roger Sansi-Roca, ‘The Hidden Life of Stones: Historicity, Materiality and the Value of Candomblé Objects in Bahia’, Journal of Material Culture 10, 2005, 139-156.

    73. Paja Faudree, ‘Tales from the Land of Magic Plants: Textual Ideologies and Fetishes of Indigeneity in Mexico’s Sierra Mazateca’, Comparative Studies in Society and History 57, 3, 2015, 838-869.

    74. David Graeber, ‘Fetishism as Social Creativity: or, Fetishes are Gods in the Process of Construction’, Anthropological Theory 5, 4, 2005, 407–438.





    Graham Harvey is Professor of Religious Studies at the Open University, UK. Dr Amy Whitehead is based at the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK.