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Koorlankga wer wiern: Indigenous young people and spirituality

Collard, L. and Palmer, D. (2015) Koorlankga wer wiern: Indigenous young people and spirituality. In: Wyn, J. and Cahill, H., (eds.) Handbook of Children and Youth Studies. Springer Singapore, pp. 875-888.

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The colonial enterprise has been instrumental in attempting to silence and destroy Indigenous expressions of spirituality. At the same time there has been much reliance upon Indigenous forms of knowing, Indigenous men and women of high degree, and the labor and guidance of young people. Today Indigenous spiritualities have been greatly impacted on by Christianity, western epistemology, and modern expressions of spirit. However, many Indigenous young people have been shaped by a renaissance of culture, language, and expressions of identity. There is also evidence that Indigenous young people are having an influence on the spiritual lives and practices of others through their involvement in the church, the school, cultural revival, language regeneration, sport, and the arts.

This chapter will focus upon spirituality and the lives of Indigenous young people. It will include a background discussion of historical influences on tradition and culture. This will include an examination of the connection between spirituality, traditional Indigenous ontology, Christianity, and modern social and cultural forms. The chapter will also show that these two broad traditions have shaped the experience of spirituality for young people. In turn it will also explore how modern expressions and reconfigurations of Indigenous young people’s spirituality are also influencing and shaping the worlds of others.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Springer Singapore
Copyright: 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
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