“Medicine, Drug, Sacrament: Prohibition and the Formation of the Native American Church" by Nanea Renteria

Wednesday, February 8 - 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Organized by the University Seminar on Indigenous Studies
Nanea Renteria is a multi-disciplinary scholar of Indigenous religious traditions, gender, settler colonialism, and decolonial healing. Her work examines the Native American Church, a pan-Indigenous organization characterized by the sacramental use of peyote, making it the focus of religious freedom debates in North America for over a century. Weaving together oral histories and archival research, her work examines how tradition adapts, changes, and is passed on across generations. Prior to arriving at Columbia, Nanea’s work illustrated the linkages between climate change and settler colonialism. Her justice-centered scholarship has been presented in international academic delegations in Cuba, Palestine, and the United States. Nanea holds a Master’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from California State University, San Francisco, and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy. She is also a hula dancer.


Please note that dinner will be served at 6:00 PM. As of January 2023, the University Seminars Office will resume collecting meal payments from Seminar/Workshop meeting guests dining at the Faculty House. If you want to attend the dinner, please bring a check to the dinner event. The price is $30 per dinner guest. The check should be made payable to "Columbia University," and the following should be written on the memo line: “[Indigenous Studies] Dinner Payment." Please RSVP by responding via email (smp2253@tc.columbia.edu) by Monday, February 6th the latest.