The Wihkohtowin

Ritual Feasting among Cree and Me´tis Peoples in Northern Alberta

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Abstract

I provide new data and interpretations on the wihkohtowin, a key ritual feast of Cree and Me´tis peoples in northern Alberta. I draw on my own interviews and ethnographic research, archived interviews, other archival data and published accounts of the wihkohtowin. As a historically important shamanic ritual practised in the contemporary context, the wihkohtowin is relevant to relations with animals and non-human nature, including spirits and the dead, as well as relations within human society. Taking an approach adapted from Don Handelman and my informants, I suggest that the wihkohtowin merits deeper analysis in its own right: historically, linguistically, phenomenologically and emotionally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-314
Number of pages16
JournalAnthropologica
Volume57
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • wihkohtowin
  • ritual
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The Wihkohtowin : Ritual Feasting among Cree and Me´tis Peoples in Northern Alberta. / Westman, Clinton.

In: Anthropologica, Vol. 57, No. 2, 2015, p. 299-314.

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