Indigenizing Movements in Europe - Graham Harvey

Indigenizing Movements in Europe - Graham Harvey

Modes of Indigenizing: Remarks on Indigenous Religion as a Method

Indigenizing Movements in Europe - Graham Harvey

Bjørn Ola Tafjord [+-]
University of Tromsø
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Bjørn Ola Tafjord is professor of religious studies at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, co-leader of the research group Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks (INREL), and PI of the collaborative research project The Governmateriality of Indigenous Religions (GOVMAT).


Romanticisms, not colonialisms, drive the indigenizing and the religionizing in the cases described and analyzed in this special issue. In what follows, I shall explain what I mean by thisobservation and suggest ways to think about it critically. The task of this essay is to highlight entangled methodological and political contexts for the discussion about ‘indigenizing’that Graham Harvey opened in his introduction, a discussion that the different case studies then continued and exemplified. Inspired by Paul Christopher Johnson’s theorizing about indigenizing (Johnson 2002a), Harvey asks whether it is useful to employ the concepts ‘indigenous’ and ‘indigenizing’ in studies of contemporary movements in Europe: British Druids (studied by Suzanne Owen), Italian shamans and witches (by Angela Puca), The English Bear Tribe (by Graham Harvey), Irish or Celtic Pagans (by Jenny Butler), English Powwow enthusiasts (by Christina Welch), Anastasians in Lithuania and Russia (by Rasa Pranskevičiūtė), and Goddess devotees in Glastonbury (by Amy Whitehead). These are movements (and scholars) that have been associated with the study of paganisms and the study of new religious movements, but usually not with the study of indigenous religions (except Harvey and Owen who have worked extensively in both fields of research).

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Tafjord, Bjørn. Modes of Indigenizing: Remarks on Indigenous Religion as a Method. Indigenizing Movements in Europe. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 139-163 Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797914. Date accessed: 31 Jul 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36299. Mar 2020

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