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kihcitwâw kîkway meskocipayiwin (sacred changes): transforming gendered protocols in Cree ceremonies through Cree law

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dc.contributor.author Lindberg, Darcy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-09T21:36:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-09T21:36:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-08-09
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8416
dc.description.abstract Engaging in Cree ceremonies, in one manner, is a legal act. It is also a gendered act as well. Thus, ceremony is one avenue to seek both legal and gendered transformations. The transformational processes this thesis contemplates are the protocols (or rules of procedure) involved in Cree sweat lodge (matotisân) and pipe (ospwakân) ceremonies. Some of these protocols are gendered in nature, in that they set out different actions based upon sex or gender. Looking at gender is a necessary part of our continuing work with Indigenous legal orders. Further, engaging in ceremony as legal practice offers one avenue in addressing the potentials for inequality that gendered protocols bring about. While this research does not seek a definitive resolution to some critical discourses about gendered protocols, it focuses on their legal nature to explore processes of change that reaffirm the sanctity of Cree ceremonial spaces while opening up these spaces for radical dissent. This research asks: (1) What are the processes for changing the gendered nature of protocols in Cree ceremonies, and as result changing Cree law? (2) What are the barriers within Cree social practices that prevent ceremonial change? (3) What are the potential dangers Cree spiritual and legal practices changing? In order to maintain the integrity of the knowledge systems resident in Cree ceremonies, to uphold our obligations to the relations involved in the ceremonies, and to avoid potentials for violence in our deconstructions or transformation, an ethos of deep relationality should inform our processes of change. This means seeking out methods of change that are already resident within ceremonial structures, and ensuring reciprocity when we actively seek transformations by upholding obligations resident in nehiyaw piimatisiwin (Cree way of life/being).   en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Indigenous law en_US
dc.subject Cree/nehiyaw law en_US
dc.subject nehiyaw piimatisiwin (Cree way of being/life) en_US
dc.subject Cree ceremony en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Protocols/rules of procedure en_US
dc.subject Cree legal traditions en_US
dc.title kihcitwâw kîkway meskocipayiwin (sacred changes): transforming gendered protocols in Cree ceremonies through Cree law en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Borrows, John
dc.contributor.supervisor Stark, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Laws LL.M en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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