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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 36. Why reconstruct pre-colonial Indigenous religions in the Americas?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43151


The conquest, colonization, and settlement of the Americas is a process in which European immigrants and their descendants actively take over land and resources from Indigenous and Native peoples. Since colonization is an ongoing process, reconstructions of Native and Indigenous religious practices and identities are also in constant challenge to both historical and present impositions.

Chapter Contributors

  • Yanitsa Buendía de Llaca ( - ydellaca) 'University of California, Santa Barbara'