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Mi'kmaq: First Nation people: Track 1

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Can heritage continue to inform the way we live today? Is it possible to balance traditional ideas with a modern life? The Mi'kmaq people have had roots in Conne River Newfoundland in Canada for generations, but it was only officially designated as a reserve in 1987. Many of its indigenous inhabitants still feel a connection with the past and in recent times there has been a revival of interest in Mi'kmaq culture. These films give insight into Mi'kmaq life and examine the renewal of traditional customs by interviewing key members of the community who discuss the benefits and difficulties in attempting to hold on to their ancestry.

This material forms part of the Open University course A332 Why is religion controversial?

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 20 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 16th April 2013
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Religious Studies
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Track 1: A community reawakening

The Mi'kmaq people have lived in Newfoundland for generations

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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 A community reawakening    The Mi'kmaq people have lived in Newfoundland for generations Play now A community reawakening
2 Living off the land    Their diet would often depend on the season Play now Living off the land
3 Mi'kmaq culture    25 years ago Conne River secured protected status when it became a reserve Play now Mi'kmaq culture
4 Mi'kmaq Powwows    powwows give indigenous people to come together and celebrate their own culture Play now Mi'kmaq Powwows
5 Spirituality in Conne River    Many members of the Mi'kmaq were assimilated into the Catholic Church Play now Spirituality in Conne River
6 Mi'kmaq identity    The resurfacing of traditional Mi'kmaq values can sometimes present difficulties Play now Mi'kmaq identity