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Traditional Narratives of the Rock Cree Indians

Traditional Narratives of the Rock Cree Indians

Paperback : 9780889771956, 185 pages, August 2007

Table of contents

Preface

Chapter 1: The Rock Cree and their Literature
The Rock Cree of Northern Manitoba
Categories of Cree Oral Literature

Chapter 2: acaoohkiwin: The wisahkicahk Cycle

Cornelius Colomb Narrative
Rolling Head
Contest with wimisosiw
The Women and the "Sickness"
The Flood
Marries Daughter

Jeremiah Michel Narrative
Contest with wimisosiw
The Flood and the New Earth
Goose Transformation
Shut-Eye Dancers
Squeezed by Trees
wihtikow and Weasel
Eye Juggler
The Startlers
The Farting Hunter
Bear's Eye Medicine
Muskrat Cools Grease
Fly Transformation
Fooled by Reflections
Scab Eater
Moose Transformation
Marries Daughter

Albert Umferville Narrative
Tricks Moose and Squeezed by Birds
The Startlers 
Fooled by Reflections
Bear's Eye Medicine

Other Versions and Narratives
wihtikow and Weasel
wihtikow and Weasel
Marries Daughter
Marries Daughter
Contest with wimisosiw
Eye Juggler
Goose Transformation
The Shut-Eye Dancers
The Shut-Eye Dancers
Fooled by Reflections
Muskrat Cools Grease
The Startlers
The Farting Hunter and the Scab Eater
The Farting Hunter
The Flood and the New Earth
The Flood and the New Earth
wisahkicahk and the Baby
wisahkicahk Changes Frog, Muskrat, and Bear
Rolling Head

Chapter 3: Discussion of the Trickster-Transformer Cycle
wisahkicahk and nenapos
Rock Cree Knowledge of wisahkicahk
Syntagmatic Structure and Sequencing
The Stories

Rolling Head
Contest with wimisosiw
The Flood and the New Earth
Goose Transformation
The Shut-Eye Dancers
Squeezed by Trees
Tricks Moose and Squeezed by Birds
wihtikow and Weasel
Eye Juggler
The Startlers
The Farting Hunter
Bear's Eye Medicine
Muskrat Cools Fat
Fly Transformation
Fooled by Reflections
Scab Eater
Moose Transformation
Marries Daughter
Imitates Baby
wisahkicahk Changes Frog, Bear, and Muskrat

Chapter 4: Other acaoohkiwina
Introduction: The pawakan and the wihtikow

Other acaoohkiwana
The Origin of Animals
God's Oven
Wolverine and Wolf
The Bear Abductor
mistapew
The Thunder Women
ayas
maskokosan
mistacayawasis
The Hairy-Heart People
kayanwi Kills Hairy Hearts at the Beaver Lodge
kayanwi Kills Hairy Hearts with Trees
Wolverine, Wolf, and Fire Medicine
The wihcikosiak
cahkapis Kills Giants and Snares the Sun
The Dog Council
Wolverine Defeats Great Skunk
Wolf and Dog
Wolverine, Wolf, and Dog

Chapter 5: kayas-acimowina
okimaw acahpiy Kills a Caribou with Snow
mimikwisiwak
manicow
The Rival Suitors
Medicine Woman Defeats witikow
Repulsing a witikow
Flight from a witikow
witikow and the Big-Rock pawakan

Chapter 6: kayas-acimowina: manitokiwin and Catholicism
Introduction
The Arrival of the Priests
misil Kills a witikowak
Simulated Crucifixion
Simulated Crucifixion II: Jesus at Highrock
Flying to Heaven
Eskimo in Heaven
Last Offering

Chapter 7: acimowina: witikow Encounters and Medicine Stories
Barren Lands witikow
Laurie River witikow
P.B. and witikow
Moose Lake witikow
Nelson House witikow
Introduction to the Medicine Narratives
Sled Medicine
Hair Medicine
Soccer Medicine
Insect Medicine
Enlargement Medicine
Dr. Young and the Saskatoon Medicine Man
Dr. Young's Love Medicine
Can't Refuse Medicine
Goldsand Lake witikow
Antoine Dumas's Prophecies

Chapter 8: acimowina: Humour
Introduction
Trapper Tricks witikow
Drowning the Moose
The Voluble Wolverine
Edmund Sinclair in the Chimney
The First Bush Pilot
Jimmy Bighetty Rides a Moose
The Dumb Partner: The Lost Ducks
The Dumb Partner: The Cat Impersonator
The Dumb Partner: Feasting in Heaven
The Dumb Partner: Scabby Suitor

Chapter 9: Tests: Animal Marriages
Introduction
The Bear Husband
The Beaver Wife

References Cited

Description

First published in 1980 by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, this study presents narratives from different genres of Rock Cree oral literature in northwestern Manitoba together with interpretive and comparative commentary. The collection comprises narratives of the trickster-transformer Wisahkicahk, animal-human characters, spirit guardians, the wihtikow or cannibal monster, humorous experiences, sorcery, and early encounters with Catholicism.