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A Different MedicinePostcolonial Healing in the Native American Church$
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Joseph D. Calabrese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199927722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927722.001.0001

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The Unfolding Cultural Paradigm Clash

The Unfolding Cultural Paradigm Clash

Ritual Peyote Use and the Struggle for Postcolonial Healing in North America

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A Different Medicine

Joseph D. Calabrese

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a historical overview of Native American traditions of ritual Peyote use, their role in the struggle for postcolonial healing, and their clashes with European and Euro-American sensibilities over time. These cultural paradigm clashes have often resulted in attacks on these practices, beginning with the Inquisition and continuing in the actions of the United States government against members of the Native American Church. The latest form of attack, the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith (motivated in part by the War on Drugs), is examined in detail and an anthropological critique is outlined.

Keywords:   peyote, ritual, cultural paradigm clash, postcolonial healing, native american church, employment division of oregon v. smith, war on drugs, supreme court

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