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This book seeks to explore historical changes in the lifeworld of the Mi'kmaq Indians of Eastern Canada. The Mi'kmaq culture hero Kluskap serves as a key persona in discussing issues such as traditions, changing conceptions of land, and human-environmental relations. This study discusses the eco-cosmology that has been formulated by modern reserve inhabitants and that could be labeled a 'sacred ecology'.
About the Author
Anne-Christine Hornborg is Professor in History of Religions in the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University, Sweden. She has also previously lectured at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Human Ecology Division and the Department of Social Anthropology, Lund University. She has undertaken fieldwork, conducted 1992-1993, 1996 and 2000 on the reservations of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and Canada, during 1998 and 2001 in Tonga, and during 2004 in Peru. Anne-Christine Hornborg has written several international, published articles concerning indigenous worldviews, rituals and embodiment, the phenomenology of landscape, the anthropologist in field, and ecology and religion. Currently she is developing the new interdisciplinary field "Ritual Studies". In this field of research, she will examine rituals as lived experience, new rituals in late modernity, ritual and practice theory, and the importance of cross-disciplinary studies in developing theories of ritual and of ritual practices.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; On the phenomenological foundation of Indian romanticism; 'Till they saw him no more' (1850–1930); Interlude (1930–1970); The return of Kluskap (1970–2000); Bibliography; Index.