Natalie Avalos is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ethnic Studies Department at University of Colorado Boulder and will be joining the department as an Assistant Professor in the 2020-21 academic year. She is currently working on her manuscript titled The Metaphysics of Decoloniality: Transnational Indigeneities and Religious Refusal,whichexplores the religious dimensions of transnational Native American and Tibetan decolonial movements. She is a Chicana of Apache descent, born and raised in the Bay Area.
Native peoples in the Americas understand the universe as alive and sentient. All phenomena in it are understood to be a distinct expression of life force, or spirit. Since all persons – human and other-than-human – such as plants, animals, rivers, winds, and mountains are expressions of spirit, they are understood to be interconnected and contingent.