A Journey into Mi'kmaw Myth
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Penn State University Press
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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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The Mi’kmaq of eastern Canada were the first indigenous North Americans to encounter colonial Europeans. As early as the mid-sixteenth century, they were trading with French fishers, and by the mid-seventeenth century, large numbers of Mi’kmaq had converted to Catholicism. That association would persist to varying degrees to the present day. Mi’kmaw Catholicism is exemplified...
Chapter 1: Treaties and Aquatic Parasites
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In 2002 I was asked to take part in a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The panel was to be a recognition of the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Charles H. Long’s Alpha: The Myths of Creation, a book that has been published in numerous editions and has become a standard work among historians of religion.1 ...
Chapter 2: Kluskap and Aboriginal Rights
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For months after I had completed my presentation at the American Academy of Religion meeting, I was haunted by the elusive figure who had been standing in the background throughout. It seemed to me for a while that my search for contemporary Kluskap stories had been a fruitless exercise. I had spent a good part of a summer looking for stories, but those with whom ...
Chapter 3: The Saint Anne’s Day Mission
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For a while I thought that my search for Kluskap had reached a plausible conclusion with the work I had done on the treaties. In fact, I felt pretty certain that there was no reason to continue chasing after him. But a chance comment from my seventeen-year-old daughter opened my eyes to something that had been staring me in the face for a number of years. And she ...
Chapter 4: Knowing How and Where to Be
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My journey from Alpha to Potlotek took a number of years, and it led me through various kinds of research, a lot of conversation, and even some hiking. Through the process, I began to detect a vision of modernity that could not be fully situated in more dominant discourses where modernity had seemingly buckled under itself, clearing a space for the languages of...
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In one sense, this is where I would like to conclude this book. It is a comfortable place to stop, insofar as I have, I believe, thrown a little light on a religious practice that speaks to some of the limitations that are inherent in our contemporary academic discourses. To stop here, however, would be premature, since I also know that the subject that I have been exploring ...
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Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Signifying (on) Scriptures