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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 40. What is decolonization and what does it have to do with Indigenous religious traditions?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43155


For Native and Indigenous peoples, decolonization is both an end goal in the form of “land back”—the reallocation of Indigenous lands to Indigenous peoples—and the radical praxis that supports this end. A critical Indigenous studies approach to understanding Indigenous religious life serves to 'decolonize' by centering Indigenous epistemologies and assert them as epistemologies in their own right, as opposed to ‘primitive’ or superstitious belief.

Chapter Contributors

  • Natalie Avalos ( - navalos) 'University of Colorado Boulder '