Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Yuwipi" - in JAAR





Since the 1950s, the Lakota Yuwipi ritual and tradition has often come under scholarly study as a focal point of contemporary Lakota religious revitalization. The word Yuwipi refers to a healing and curing ritual, as well to as the ritual specialist, the “Yuwipi man,” among the Lakota (Sioux). My new article, "Yuwipi: A Postcolonial Approach to Lakota Ritual Specialization and Religious Revitalization," just published in the June 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religiontakes a critical look at how the Yuwipi ritual has been understood, both within a Christian discourse as well as within Western academic, anthropological, and religious frameworks.