Johnson’s research focuses upon contemporary indigenous religious traditions, especially as expressed in episodes of legal struggle. In particular, Johnson explores repatriation and reburial disputes in American Indian and Hawaiian contexts as a means to understand the ways religious claims are announced, enlivened, and contested in the contemporary moment. Johnson explores intra-communal tensions and religious differences in moments of intense friction to illuminate how such episodes animate cultural life and generate or amplify religious sensibilities. Beyond repatriation, Johnson’s research focuses upon indigenous subsistence strategies, sacred land issues, religious life in prisons, and the cultural politics of sovereignty struggles.
indigenous religious traditions, Native American traditions, Native Hawaiian traditions, repatriation and reburial, method and theory in the study of religion