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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 44. If Native American religious traditions are place-based, how do "urban Indians" practice their religion?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43159


Indigenous traditions seek to maintain ancestral connections to particular places, the natural cycles of those places, and the on-going relationship with those connections. I refer to this process as “embeddedness.” Urbanized Indigenous traditions carry the meaning systems developed within this relationship into all contexts, not only in activities associated with nature. Urban contexts have opportunities for both living in natural spaces and their cycles, and for interacting with the world through the lens of embeddedness.

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  • Dennis Kelley ( - Kelley266540739) 'University of Missouri, Columbia'