Preserving the Sacred: Historical Perspectives of the Ojibwa Midewiwin (Manitoba Studies in Native History ) (Hardcover)

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Preserving the Sacred: Historical Perspectives of the Ojibwa Midewiwin (Manitoba Studies in Native History ) (Hardcover)

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The Midewiwin is the traditional religious belief system central to the world view of Ojibwa in Canada and the US. It is a highly complex and rich series of sacred teachings and narratives whose preservation enabled the Ojibwa to withstand severe challenges to their entire social fabric throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. It remains an important living and spiritual tradition for many Aboriginal people today.     The rituals of the Midewiwin were observed by many 19th century Euro-Americans, most of whom approached these ceremonies with hostility and suspicion. As a result, although there were many accounts of the Midewiwin published in the 19th century, they were often riddled with misinterpretations and inaccuracies.     Historian Michael Angel compares the early texts written about the Midewiwin, and identifies major, common misconceptions in these accounts. In his explanation of the historical role played by the Midewiwin, he provides alternative viewpoints and explanations of the significance of the ceremonies, while respecting the sacred and symbolic nature of the Midewiwin rituals, songs, and scrolls.

Michael Angel is the co-author of biographies of western Canadian pioneers Letitia Hargrave and Charlotte Ross, and a freelance researcher on Aboriginal land claims and treaty issues. 


Product Details ISBN: 9780887551734
ISBN-10: 0887551734
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Publication Date: October 15th, 2002
Pages: 274
Language: English
Series: Manitoba Studies in Native History