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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 25. Are Indigenous people who adapt or alter their rituals and traditions (either by choice or historical necessity) less authentic than their ancestors?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43140


This chapter describes how the perception of an "authentic" Indian is incomplete, limiting, and bias. Furthermore, the author argues that this notion perpetuates the idea that Indigenous persons fall on linear timelines from authentic to assimilated.

Chapter Contributors

  • Kelsey Dayle John ( - kdjohn) 'University of Arizona'