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

Keywords

  • Cree
  • Alberta
  • wihkohtowin
  • ritual
  • shamanism

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