The colonial impact of the erasure of Blackfoot Miistakistsi place names in Paahtomahksikimi, Waterton Lakes National Park

dc.contributor.authorBruised Head, Michael Dean
dc.contributor.authorUniversity of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.contributor.supervisorLittle Bear, Leroy
dc.contributor.supervisorMcManus, Sheila
dc.descriptionA Note to the Reader Oki, niitanikko Ninna Piiksii, Chief Bird. As the author, I want to give instructions to my paper. I want people to read my dissertation beginning with me instructing them how to read my material. I am talking about Kainai or Apaitsitapi (Weasel People). I would like the reader to look at this from a Kainai perspective and read it from Kainai thought. I am not talking about other Western thought; I am talking about my perspective. I want you to read it this way, my way. I am going to use Kainayssini, our Declaration. Under every Blackfoot sacred Society, we come up with our own metaphysics. Kainayssini is proof of that metaphysics.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Miistakis (mountains) in Paahtomahksikimi (Waterton Lakes National Park) are sacred for Niitsitapi. The experience of fasting in the mountains is what brought us our healing wisdom from thousands of years ago. When we fast, we call the mountain by its name, for its spiritual presence to be connected to us. The colonial erasure of Blackfoot names and the imposition of European names by colonizers disrupted that relationship, and our access to practise Itaksiistsimoo’pi (Vision Quest) and fasting. I bring a Blackfoot methodology based on lived experience and the transferring of oral history, of knowing from land, and of my language, Niitsipowahsin (Blackfoot). I bring this knowledge transferred from time immemorial, of the relationship between mountains and the Itaksiistsimoo’pi (Vision Quest), into the learning space. My purpose is to record the impact of the mountains no longer being called by their Blackfoot names, and to begin decolonizing the process of obtaining a PhD.en_US
dc.indigenous.nameNinna Piiksiien_US
dc.publisherLethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Historyen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Historyen_US
dc.publisher.facultyArts and Scienceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science)en_US
dc.subjectBlackfoot Miistakistsien_US
dc.subjectrestoring Blackfoot place namesen_US
dc.subjectBlackfoot ways of knowingen_US
dc.subjectoral historiesen_US
dc.subjectdecolonizing place namesen_US
dc.subjectBlackfoot metaphysicsen_US
dc.subjectBlackfoot worldviewen_US
dc.subjectVision Questen_US
dc.subjectBlackfoot spiritualityen_US
dc.subjectsacred ceremoniesen_US
dc.subjectCeremonial sitesen_US
dc.subjectCulture, Suppression ofen_US
dc.subjectBlackfoot philosophyen_US
dc.subjectTraditional knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectTraditional practiceen_US
dc.subjectMountains--Alberta--Waterton Lakes National Parken_US
dc.subjectVision questsen_US
dc.subjectNames, Geographical--Blackfooten_US
dc.subjectWaterton Lakes National Park (Alta.)en_US
dc.subjectSacred sitesen_US
dc.subjectDissertations, Academicen_US
dc.titleThe colonial impact of the erasure of Blackfoot Miistakistsi place names in Paahtomahksikimi, Waterton Lakes National Parken_US
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