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Strengthening a nation through traditional knowledge
Michelle N. Bryant (author)Tina Fraser (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Education (MEd)
This study provides insight into the experiences and traditional knowledge of three Tsimshian Elders who have learned from and practiced oral tradition throughout their lifetime. The information gathered identified key aspects of the Tsimshian culture which the Elders feel are absolutely necessary for the youth to continue to practice and pass on to future generations. The study was conducted using qualitative interviews, informed by Indigenous methodology, using a conversational method to gather knowledge through story. The study used the button blanket as a conceptual framework to encapsulate the issues relating to cultural identity and how oral tradition can play a part in the resurgence of Tsimshian knowledge. The information gathered from this study delivers a clear message from the Elders of the Tsimshian Nation to the youth and future generations that Tribal affiliation, language and the culture, and utilization of the traditional territories of the Tsimshian must be carried on, ensuring respect and proper protocols are followed. The interviews that resulted from this study have been put together on a DVD to be used as a tool for the transmission of Tsimshian cultural knowledge both in the education system, as well as in the homes of all people interested in the Tsimshian culture. --Leaf ii.
The original print copy of this thesis may be available here: http://wizard.unbc.ca/record=b1947103
Tsimshian Indians -- Social life and customs.Tsimshian Indians -- Ethnic identity.Oral history -- British Columbia, Northern.Traditional ecological knowledge.Ethnoscience.