Indigenous religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks (INREL)

INREL studies articulations of indigenous religion(s) in different contexts around the world and explores the relations between local actualizations and globalizing discourses of indigeneity and religion.

Our approach consists of contemporary case studies, close collaboration, careful comparison, and critical analysis. The research group is led by professor Siv Ellen Kraft and professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, and Theology.

Since 2015, most of our activities have been organized around an international research project, also called INREL, funded by The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO), and led by professor Kraft. Click here to read more about the project.


Liudmila Nikanorova defended her PhD thesis "Religion and Indigeneity at Yhyakh" at UiT The Arctic University of Norway on 9 September 2019.

In September 2019, Aheli Moitra joined our team and became the fourth INREL PhD student. Moitra is an award-winning journalist with extensive field experience, having been a reporter and editor for Nagaland-based Morung Express newspaper.

Forthcoming book on Routledge (2020): Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Network by Siv Ellen Kraft, Bjørn Ola Tafjord, Gregory D. Alles, Greg Johnson, and Arkotong Longkumer