ERIC Number: ED422154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Making It Their Own: Severn Ojibwe Communicative Practices. Anthropological Horizons.
Valentine, Lisa Philips
Using a discourse-centered approach to ethnography, this book provides an empirically based, contemporary overview of a rapidly changing First Nations village in northern Ontario (Canada). Data were collected in the 1980s during a 2-year residence and follow-up visits in the Severn Ojibwa community of Lynx Lake, a remote subarctic village in which the Native language, Ojibwa, is completely viable and used by every member of the Native community. Analyses illustrate the ways in which a society is indexed through its discourse, and how changes in society affect language use. The portrayal of Lynx Lake and its unique brand of self-determination demonstrates that cultural change and the adoption of modern technology in Native communities need not result in the loss of Native identity or language. Chapters cover diverse topics, including: (1) characteristics of the Severn Ojibwa language variety and of the Lynx Lake community; (2) changes in communication networks induced by technological imports into Lynx Lake; (3) usage of Severn Ojibwa, Cree, and English in various social contexts, and different types of code switching; (4) English literacy, the very high literacy rate in Ojibwa using Cree syllabics, and community means of learning and teaching syllabics; (5) the intersection of music, language, and literacy; (6) church discourse and the role of the Anglican church in community life and identity; (7) first-person narratives and storytelling; (8) genres of legend and myth; and (9) the use of discourse as a tool in sociocultural analysis. Appendices include a typological overview of Severn Ojibwa and Ojibwa speech terms. (Contains 152 references, chapter notes, and an index.) (SV)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Chippewa (Tribe), Code Switching (Language), Discourse Modes, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance, Language Usage, Literacy, Non Roman Scripts, Nonformal Education, Ojibwa, Self Determination, Social Change, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics, Speech Communication
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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Identifiers - Location: Canada