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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 51. Was the #NoDAPL occupation at Standing Rock "spiritual" or "religious"?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43166


Pipeline opposition focused on relationships between human and other-than-human beings with respect to water being a source of life; the construction was damaging to sacred space; the language of spirituality, sacrality, and prayer was central to the water protector movement; and the occupation drew in religious communities from a variety of traditions. Still, it is important to examine the various meanings of "spiritual" or "religious" to various constituencies in this context.

Chapter Contributors

  • Richard Callahan, Jr. ( - rcallahan) 'Gonzaga University'