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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 80. How do Indigenous religions approach disability?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43195


Experts in Western medicine identify wellness as a matter of individual bodies, but Indigenous models see it in relationship to land, kin, ceremony and tradition. This essay argues that connection and disconnection, rather than ability and disability, are more apt categories for understanding Indigenous approaches to bodily and cognitive difference.

Chapter Contributors

  • Zara Surratt ( - zsurratt) 'University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD candidate'