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The oral tradition

book cover image: Aboriginal oral traditions: theory, practice, ethics

Aboriginal Oral Traditions

The oral tradition generally refers to the passing of knowledge and cultural information through messages, ballads, story, songs and chants.

In Indigenous tradition a lot of information sharing was done by the Elders who would through their telling create a collective memory. 

Editors Renee Hulan and Renate Eigenbrod's work Aboriginal oral traditons : theory, practice, ethics presents the reader with a compilation of presentations held at the Gorsebrook Research Institute, Halifax, N.S.  2005. 

The presentations cover oral history and oral traditions, conflicts and discourse to proposed solutions regarding transformations of traditional knowledge. 

If your interests lay anywhere between learning about First Nations oral histories in the Canadian Courts to learning about the story of the little boy who lived with Muini'skw (bear woman) there is something for everyone in this account of the past and present in the aboriginal oral tradition.