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Severing the ties that bind : government repression of indigenous religious ceremonies on the prairies / Katherine Pettipas.

Pettipas, Katherine. (författare)
ISBN 0887551513
Publicerad: Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, ©1994
Engelska xiv, 304 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates
Serie: Manitoba studies in native history, 0826-9416 0826-9416 ; 7
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  • Foreword / A. Blair Stonechild -- Piapot's Story -- 1. Imperial Policy and Local "Customs" -- 2. The Ties that Bind: The Plains Cree -- 3. From Independence to Wardship: 1870 to 1895 -- 4. The Indian Act and Indigenous Ceremonies: 1884 to 1895 -- 5. Regulating Sun Dances and Giveaways: 1896 to 1914 -- 6. Responses to Religious Suppression: 1896 to 1914 -- 7. Other Forms of "Objectionable Customs": 1914 to 1940 -- 8. Persistence, Reason, and Compromise: 1914 to 1940 -- 9. A Matter of Religious Freedom: 1940 to 1951.
  • Religious ceremonies were an inseparable part of Aboriginal traditional life, reinforcing social, economic and political values. However, missionaries and government officials with ethnocentric attitudes of cultural superiority decreed that Native dances and ceremonies were immoral or un-Christian and an impediment to the integration of the Native population into Canadian society. Beginning in 1885, the Department of Indian Affairs implemented a series of amendments to the Canadian Indian Act designed to eliminate traditional forms of religious expression and customs, such as the Sun Dance, the Midewiwin, the Sweat Lodge and giveaway ceremonies. However, the amendments were only partially effective. Aboriginal resistance to the laws took many forms; community leaders challenged the legitimacy of the terms and the manner in which the regulations were implemented, and they altered their ceremonies - the times and locations, the practices - in an attempt both to avoid detection and to placate the agents who enforced the law. Katherine Pettipas views the amendments as part of official support for the destruction of indigenous cultural systems. She presents a critical analysis of the administrative policies and considers the effects of government suppression of traditional religious activities on the whole spectrum of Aboriginal life, focusing on the experiences of the Plains Cree from the mid-1800s to 1951, when regulations pertaining to religious practices were removed from the Act. She shows how the destructive effects of the legislation are still felt in Aboriginal communities today, and offers insight to current issues of Aboriginal spirituality, including access to and use of religious objects held in museum repositories, protection of sacred lands and sites, and the right to indigenous religious practices in prison. 


Cree (folk)  (sao)
Nordamerikas indianer  (sao)
Cree Indians  -- Rites and ceremonies. (LCSH)
Cree Indians  -- Government relations. (LCSH)
Indians of North America  -- Prairie Provinces -- Rites and ceremonies. (LCSH)
Indians of North America  -- Canada -- Government relations. (LCSH)
Indians of North America  -- Prairie Provinces. (LCSH Children)
Indians, North American.  (MeSH)
Indians of North America  -- Canada -- Government relations. (CSH)
Cris (Indiens)  -- Rites et cérémonies. (Vedettes-matière)
Cris (Indiens)  -- Relations avec l'État. (Vedettes-matière)
Indiens  -- Amérique du Nord -- Provinces des Prairies -- Rites et cérémonies. (Vedettes-matière)
Indiens  -- Amérique du Nord -- Canada -- Relations avec l'État -- 1860-1951. (Vedettes-matière)
Indiens  -- Amérique du Nord -- Provinces des Prairies. (Vedettes-matière)
Zeremonie  (gnd)
Geschichte 1800-1951.  (swd)
Cree Indians  -- Government relations. (fast)
Cree Indians  -- Rites and ceremonies. (fast)
Indians of North America  -- Government relations. (fast)
Indians of North America  -- Rites and ceremonies. (fast)
Indiens d'Amérique  -- États-Unis. (ram)
Cree (Indiens)  -- Relations avec l'État. (ram)
Cree (Indiens)  -- Rites et cérémonies. (ram)
Cree Indians  (LCSH)
Indians of North America  (LCSH)
Canada.  (MeSH)
Canada.  (fast)
Prairie Provinces.  (fast)
Cree.  (swd)


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Indexterm och SAB-rubrik

Cree Indians
Cree Indians
Indians of North America
Indians of North America


E99.C88 (LCC)
E99 C88 (LAC)
971.2/004973 (DDC)
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