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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 61. What role does healing play in Native American and Indigenous religious traditions? Or, what's religious about health and healing in Indigenous religious traditions?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43176


This chapter explores the central location of healing within Native American Religious traditions. It argues that healing is fundamentally about restoring the whole person within community, and that such work is spiritual in nature. Indigenous traditions play a central role in healing the soul wounds of colonialism, wounds that can lead to mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual illness. For many communities, la cultura cura: as individuals reclaim traditional worldviews and practices, they find new pathways forward.

Chapter Contributors

  • Suzanne Crawford O'Brien ([email protected] - scrawfordobrien) 'Pacific Lutheran University'