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Knowing Our Peoples Through Our Stories. FNAT 102 – Arts One Lecture Spring/2008. A Book with Three Nested Lessons. Origin Stories as the basis for life, knowledge and values Transmitted history and lived experience as a lens into community life

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Knowing our peoples through our stories

Knowing Our Peoples Through Our Stories

FNAT 102 – Arts One

Lecture

Spring/2008


A book with three nested lessons
A Book with Three Nested Lessons

  • Origin Stories as the basis for life, knowledge and values

  • Transmitted history and lived experience as a lens into community life

  • Critique and questioning of the scientific worldview


Origin stories remembering home and reality
Origin Stories( Remembering home and reality)

  • How Son of Raven captured the Day

  • Aint-tin-mit ( Son of Mucus) and Aulth-ma-quus

  • Aint-tin-mit returns home (getting married)

  • Aint-tin-mit and Biodiversity


Storied reality
Storied Reality

  • Whole of life is characterized by relationships that are inherent and demand beneficial reciprocity

  • The physical and spiritual world are one (heshook-ish tsawalk)

  • Encouraged to depend on neighbours (aphey)

  • Respect (isaak)

  • Family & community maintenance vital in the face of he-xwa

  • Yak-uk-miss( the mix of love & pain)


An insider s view base on lived experience
An Insider’s View(base on ‘lived experience’)

  • Oosumich

    • The protocol of spiritual transaction

    • Testing the continued validity of origin stories

  • Hahuulthi

    • Governance

    • Decision making

    • Resource responsibilities & ownership

  • Tloo-qua-nah

    • Putting the Pachitle in Potlatch

    • Remembering REALITY as remedy


Learning to be quus
Learning to be Quus

  • Living in the house of Keesta

  • Being taught through hahuupa

  • Being taught to tupsweese

  • Aware of protocols

  • Living amongst extended family (sta-kumlth)

  • Preparing to perform

  • Witnessing at feasts


Pachitle
Pachitle

  • Rooted in origin stories

  • Remembrance

  • Feasts take care of every human need, politically, socially, economically and spiritually

  • Spiritual preparation necessary for host & family

  • Food prepared in the homes of host relatives (abundance is a spiritual blessing)

  • Spiritual witnessing to spiritual activity

  • Gifts a legal seal of that witness

  • Esteem and spiritual power results from providing for ones community

  • Note contrast to purposes and competitive interpretations outlined by anthropologists


A critical tone
A Critical Tone

  • Reflective reaction to his own experiences and the position to these views from the social science communities

  • Counters the assumptions behind the methodologies used by scientists who studied his people

  • Atleo’s sharpness/tone as a reflection of the same criticism of orthodoxy that Harris will identify in his piece

  • Remember Kulchyski (2000) speaks of…

    • Focusing on knowledge that comes from within

    • Questioning the dominant standards of inquiry

    • Legitimization & exploration of traditional knowledge

    • Turning to the qualitative


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