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Mi'kmaq Landscapes: From Animism to Sacred Ecology: 0 by Anne-Christine Hornborg

By Anne-Christine Hornborg

This booklet seeks to discover historic adjustments within the lifeworld of the Mi'kmaq Indians of japanese Canada. The Mi'kmaq tradition hero Kluskap serves as a key character in discussing concerns resembling traditions, altering conceptions of land, and human-environmental family members. so as to not depict Mi'kmaq tradition as undying, vital classes in its historical past are tested. in the first interval, among 1850 and 1930, Hornborg explores old facts of the ontology, epistemology, and ethics - together labelled animism - that stem from a premodern Mi'kmaq looking subsistence. New methods of discussing animism and shamanism are the following richly exemplified. the second one learn situates the tradition hero within the sleek international of the Nineties, while allusions to Mi'kmaq culture and to Kluskap performed an incredible function within the fight opposed to a deliberate superquarry on Cape Breton. This examine discusses the eco-cosmology that has been formulated through smooth reserve population which can be labelled a 'sacred ecology'. concentrating on how the Mi'kmaq are rebuilding their traditions and environmental relatives in interplay with smooth society, Hornborg illustrates how environmental teams, pan-Indianism, and schooling play a massive function, yet so does reserve existence. by way of anchoring their engagement in reserve lifestyles the Mi'kmaq traditionalists have, to a wide volume, been capable of confront either exterior and inner doubts approximately their authenticity.

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