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- DescriptionHow do we define 'religion'? For Native Americans, religious freedom has been an elusive goal. From nineteenth-century bans on indigeus ceremonial practices to twenty-first-century legal battles over sacred lands, peyote use, and hunting practices, the U.S. government has often acted as if Indian traditions were somehow t truly religious and therefore t eligible for the constitutional protections of the First Amendment. In this book, Tisa Wenger shows that cultural tions about what constitutes 'religion' are crucial to public debates over religious freedom.In the 1920s, Pueblo Indian leaders in New Mexico and a sympathetic coalition of n-Indian reformers successfully challenged government and missionary attempts to suppress Indian dances by convincing a skeptical public that these ceremonies counted as religion. This struggle for religious freedom forced the Pueblos to employ Euro-American tions of religion, a conceptual shift with complex consequences within Pueblo life. Long after the dance controversy, Wenger demonstrates, dominant concepts of religion and religious freedom have continued to marginalize indigeus traditions within the United States.
- Author BiographyTISA WENGER is assistant professor of religious studies at Arizona State University in Tempe.
- Author(s)Tisa Wenger
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2009
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Note15 illustrations, 1 map, notes, bibl., index
- Weight522 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
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