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Honoring elders : aging, authority, and Ojibwe religion

Author: Michael David McNally
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2009]
Series: Religion and American culture (New York, N.Y.)
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Like many Native Americans, Ojibwe people esteem the wisdom, authority, and religious significance of old age, but this respect does not come easily or naturally. It is the fruit of hard work, rooted in narrative traditions, moral vision, and ritualized practices of decorum that are comparable in sophistication to those of Confucianism. Even as the dispossession and policies of assimilation have threatened Ojibwe  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McNally, Michael David.
Honoring elders.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008031541
(OCoLC)237199098
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael David McNally
ISBN: 9780231518253 0231518250
OCLC Number: 774288700
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 382 pages) : illustrations, portraits.
Contents: Aging and the life cycle imagined in Ojibwe tradition and lived in history --
Eldership, respect, and the sacred community --
Elders as grandparents and teachers --
Elders articulating tradition --
The sacralization of eldership --
The shape of wisdom.
Series Title: Religion and American culture (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Michael D. McNally.
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Like many Native Americans, Ojibwe people esteem the wisdom, authority, and religious significance of old age, but this respect does not come easily or naturally. It is the fruit of hard work, rooted in narrative traditions, moral vision, and ritualized practices of decorum that are comparable in sophistication to those of Confucianism. Even as the dispossession and policies of assimilation have threatened Ojibwe peoplehood and have targeted the traditions and the elders who embody it, Ojibwe and other Anishinaabe communities have been resolute and resourceful in their disciplined resp.

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