Huron Wendat The Heritage of the Circle

UBC PressSKU: 0774807156

Author:
Sioui, Georges E.
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Huron, Woodland
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
258
Publisher:
UBC Press

Price:
Sale price$52.95
Stock:
In stock

Description

Huron - Wendat: The Heritage of the Circle by Wendat scholar Georges E. Sioui turns the reader to a fuller understanding of the Wendat (Huron) people and their cultural and spiritual traditions. He begins by reclaiming the original name of his people and tells their centuries-old history by describing their social ideas and philosophy and the relevance of both to contemporary life. The question he poses is a simple one: after centuries of European and then other North American contact and interpretation, isn't it now time to return to the original sources, that is to the ideas and practices of Indigenous peoples like the Wendats, as told and interpreted by Indigenous people like himself? Sioui contends that for human beings there is really only one way of looking at life on this earth, and that is as a sacred circle of relationships among all beings, whatever their form, and among all species. The great danger we face is that we will no longer see life as a vast system of kinship. Human societies are of just two kinds: those that recognize and live in kinship within the Circle, and those that have forgotten the Circle. But there is only one 'civilization' appropriate to human existence: the civilization of the Circle, the sacred circle of life. The first chapter reviews the Wendats' Creation mythology and considers how they view their origins, migrations, theology, ethics, philosophy, oral literature, and sociology, as well as their role in Amerindian geopolitics. Chapter 2 looks at archaeology and its role in bridging the gap created by negative attitudes and perceptions such as are frequently adopted by the human sciences (mainly history, anthropology, literature studies, and sociology) toward Amerindians, and, conversely, by today's Amerindians towards these same human sciences. The third chapter describes Wendat society from an Amerindian viewpoint, concentrating on the period between 1615 and 1650 and drawing on traditional ethnographic documentation mainly contained in the reports of missionaries and early French explorers.

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