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Religion in contemporary Native America: Traditional practices, modern identities


2007 2007

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This dissertation interrogates the role that culturally-oriented practices among Native American Indians contribute to the revival and maintenance of American Indian religious identity. Using the revival of traditional canoe practices among the Chumash Indians of California and the Makah Indians of Washington State, with which I develop a concept I term "reprise" in the resurgence of dormant spiritual identity among colonized indigenous communities, I use this material to frame a critique of the emphasis on "belief" extant in Religious Studies discourses, arguing for an elevation of practice issues in the analysis of religious self identification. I also extend the analysis to other areas of contemporary American Indian culture, namely, the urban Indian experience and the development of Native-oriented alcohol and drug abuse prevention and recovery processes, to further argue for the utility of practice-centered approaches to religious analysis in general, beyond Native American or other indigenous contexts.

The approach is ethnographic analysis, with participant-observation data at the center, derived from five years with the Chumash Maritime Association, as well as a research trip to Neah Bay, Washinton. Both of these communities have drawn upon aspects of material culture and practice with regard to their canoes to engender a reprise of traditional spirituality, and it is this process that provides the theoretical paradigm for it analysis, and, I argue, for fruitful analyses of various religious studies contexts.

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Subject
Religion;
Native Americans;
Native studies
Classification
0318: Religion
0740: Native Americans
0740: Native studies
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; American Indian; Identity; Native America; Religion; Traditional practices
Title
Religion in contemporary Native America: Traditional practices, modern identities
Author
Kelley, Dennis Francis
Number of pages
209
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0035
Source
DAI-A 68/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549268130
Advisor
Talamantez, Ines
Committee member
Holdrege, Barbara; Roof, Wade C.
University/institution
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department
Religious Studies
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3283642
ProQuest document ID
304880823
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304880823
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