19. Is Voudou an American religion or an Indigenous religion?
Emily Clark [+]
Emily Suzanne Clark is associate professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University where she teaches undergraduate courses in American Religions. She is the author of A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and co-editor of Race and New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader (Bloomsbury, 2019). She has also published on New Orleans Voudou, Jesuit missions in the Pacific Northwest, and the Moorish Science Temple.
This chapter considers how New Orleans Voudou is both an American religion and an Indigenous one. In the process, it pays particular attention to the politics of both those categories.