This book explores the exchange of Blackfoot medicine bundles within contemporary Blackfoot culture and between the Blackfoot Peoples and Euro-Americans. These ceremonial bundles, which are circulated as gifts in their native context, are robbed of their statuses as living beings or persons, when they are treated as symbolic objects or commodities by cultural outsiders. Much of the original, ethgraphic data presented in this book deals with the attempts of some Blackfeet to repatriate ceremonial materials from Euro-American hands. This book represents a valuable study of contemporary Blackfoot religion as well as the repatriation movement. Kenneth Lokensgard also contributes to the studies of material culture and exchange; central to his investigation is the critical examination and reapplication of the interpretative terms gift and commodity. Careful use of these terms, Lokensgard argues, can better help scholars appreciate how different peoples perceive the worlds they inhabit.
Kenneth Hayes Lokensgard is the Research Coordinator at Washington State University's Plateau Center for Native American Research and Collaborations. His areas of interest include Indigenous ontologies, Indigenous epistemologies, repatriation, and religious freedom. He has conducted regular fieldwork in these areas with members of the Blackfoot Confederacy of Montana, USA and Alberta, Canada for over a decade. His publications include The Matter of Responsibility: Derrida and Gifting across Cultures in the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Indigenous Religionists in North America in Religions in Focus: New Approaches to Tradition and Contemporary Practices, and Native Peoples in The History of Evil (forthcoming from Routledge).
Kenneth Hayes Lokensgard
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Date of Publication
Vitality of Indigenous Religions Series
Country of Publication
Ashgate Publishing Limited
Includes 4 b&w illustrations and 1 map
Series Edited by
Dr. Afe Adogame,Dr. Graham Harvey,Ms Ines Talamantez