In the Words of Elders: Aboriginal Cultures in Transition

By Peter Kulchyski, Don McCaskell, and David Newhouse

© 1999

Over years of teaching, it became increasingly apparent to the editors of this book (the Aboriginal Education Council at Trent University) that students in their Native Studies classes were dissatisfied with many of the texts they were assigned, which were usually anthropological in nature. Their response was to propose a new text that would provide an overview of the thought-worlds of Aboriginal cultures from the inside.

Bringing together the voices of sixteen Elders and traditional teachers from across Canada, this collection allows readers to compare the vision and experience of a generation of Aboriginal people. Today, Elders are the historians of the Aboriginal past and the keepers of cultural events and ceremonies. They are teachers, healers, and experts in survival, sharing a world view based on the knowledge that all things in life are related and are governed by natural laws. Those represented here include men and women from a variety of traditions and geographical locations.

This unique collection sets a new standard for the representation of First Nations cultures in the academic context. Not only does it mark a shift in the production of knowledge, it fulfils a need for a closer and more respectful collaboration between Native and non-Native communities.

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Bringing together the voices of Elders and traditional teachers from across Canada, this collection compares the vision and experience of a generation and sets a new standard for the representation of First Nations cultures in academic context.

In the Words of Elders: Aboriginal Cultures in Transition

By Peter Kulchyski, Don McCaskell, and David Newhouse

© 1999

Over years of teaching, it became increasingly apparent to the editors of this book (the Aboriginal Education Council at Trent University) that students in their Native Studies classes were dissatisfied with many of the texts they were assigned, which were usually anthropological in nature. Their response was to propose a new text that would provide an overview of the thought-worlds of Aboriginal cultures from the inside.

Bringing together the voices of sixteen Elders and traditional teachers from across Canada, this collection allows readers to compare the vision and experience of a generation of Aboriginal people. Today, Elders are the historians of the Aboriginal past and the keepers of cultural events and ceremonies. They are teachers, healers, and experts in survival, sharing a world view based on the knowledge that all things in life are related and are governed by natural laws. Those represented here include men and women from a variety of traditions and geographical locations.

This unique collection sets a new standard for the representation of First Nations cultures in the academic context. Not only does it mark a shift in the production of knowledge, it fulfils a need for a closer and more respectful collaboration between Native and non-Native communities.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    peter kulchyski is a professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.


    Don McCaskill is Professor in the Department of Native Studies, Trent University.



    David R.Newhouse is the Chair and an associate professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University.

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