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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 55. Is Indigenous law religious?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43170


Indigenous scholars and legal practitioners tell us that for many of their communities there is no distinction between law, creation stories, and ceremony. Does this make Indigenous law religious? If so, should the State recognize Indigenous legal systems as legitimate competitors of the State’s official (secular) legal system? These questions have different answers in different contexts, which I explore in this chapter.

Chapter Contributors

  • Dana Lloyd ( - dlloyd) 'Villanova University'