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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 14. How do ideas about race shape understandings of Native American religious life?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43129


This entry will look at ideas about comparative religion in the 19th century that created a distinction between “civilized” and “primitive” forms of religion—showing that the categories of religion and race were historically intertwined, and the impact that this has had on mainstream ideas about Native American religions.

Chapter Contributors

  • Sarah Dees ( - sdees) 'Iowa State University'