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

By Anne-Christine Hornborg

This ebook 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 matters comparable to traditions, altering conceptions of land, and human-environmental relatives. so as to not depict Mi'kmaq tradition as undying, very important classes in its historical past are tested. in the first interval, among 1850 and 1930, Hornborg explores historic 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 glossy international of the Nineties, while allusions to Mi'kmaq culture and to Kluskap performed a big position within the fight opposed to a deliberate superquarry on Cape Breton. This research discusses the eco-cosmology that has been formulated via smooth reserve population that could be labelled a 'sacred ecology'.

Focusing on how the Mi'kmaq are rebuilding their traditions and environmental family in interplay with smooth society, Hornborg illustrates how environmental teams, pan-Indianism, and schooling play an incredible position, yet so does reserve existence. by way of anchoring their engagement in reserve existence the Mi'kmaq traditionalists have, to a wide quantity, been in a position to confront either exterior and inner doubts approximately their authenticity.

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