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OCLC number
1006915466
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Author
Candler, Craig T.(Craig Thomas),1972-
Title
Healing and cultural formation in a Bush Cree community.
Degree
M.A. -- University of Alberta, 1999
Publisher
Ottawa :National Library of Canada = Bibliothè€que nationale du Canada,[2000]
Description
2 microfiches
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
Abstract
This thesis is based on fieldwork conducted with the Cree and Metis community of Wabasca-Desmarais, Alberta in 1996 and 1997. By comparing three case studies involving Cree traditionalism, northern industry, and Pentecostalism, traditional knowledge is explored as a critical resource for the formation of healthy and effective worldviews within rapidly changing circumstances. This process of cultural formation involves developing models of the world that are both aesthetically meaningful and pragmatically rewarding within individual lived contexts. If northern development is to be truly sustainable, we must recognise that industrial activities have an impact not only upon material resources critical to traditional health and healing (e.g. plants and animals), but also upon the institutions in which traditional knowledge is encoded and transmitted. The thesis concludes with a set of recommendations as to how such impacts might be recognised, reduced, or mitigated in the future.
ISBN
0612400042
9780612400047
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