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Martin Luther University College


This chapter considers how liberation theology might be informed by spiritualities and worldviews from the First Peoples of North America, sometimes called Turtle Island. In so doing, I reference teachings, treaties and ceremonies from the community nearest me, the Six Nations of the Grand River Nation, whose members are Haudenosaunee.

In what follows I first provide an apologia for this project before imagining how each verb of the liberation hermeneutic of “see, judge, act” might be informed, in turn, by the Haudenosaunee Dish With One Spoon Wampum, the Two Row Wampum, and the Condolence Ceremony. In so doing, I will explore how a local liberation hermeneutic informed by the spirituality and worldview of First Peoples in my context will be one in which I see with all my relations, judge in accord with both thought and feeling, and act with peace, power and righteousness.


This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of a book chapter published in Post-Christian Interreligious Liberation Theology. The final authenticated version is available online at: Post-Christian Interreligious Liberation Theology.