Tasman Graham Ms. Wong NBE3U May 15th 2023 The Crucial Role of Family and Familial Relationships in Shaping Identity In the novel “Moon of the Crusted Snow” Waubgeshig Rice depicts family and familial relationships as essential components in the formation of the Anishinaabe people’s identity during a time of crisis. It highlights the significance of intergenerational knowledge, cultural and traditions, and community and support in shaping individual and collective Identities. While reading, an unexpected and severe storm isolates an indigenous village in Northern Ontario cutting off their access to the outside world. The characters in the novel are greatly biased to what their family and tradition support. Intergenerational knowledge is …show more content…
Cultural traditions establish a direct relationship to one's ancestors and ancestry. It provides a sense of belonging and helps people to connect with their cultural identities. The characters' commitment to Anishinaabe traditions and practices helps them keep a connection to their Indigenous origin and shapes their individual and communal identities in the novel. Cultural traditions are usually practiced within the framework of a community. They draw people together, cultivating a sense of belonging, shared experiences, and mutual support. Participating in traditions within the family and community builds ties and alliances based on a shared heritage and identity. Cultural traditions also give people a rich tapestry of experiences, tales, and symbols that help them develop their identities. Individuals in the story get a better awareness of their history, beliefs, and cultural practices through participating in these traditions. This information, in turn, impacts their self-perception, perspective, and interpersonal interactions. An example where this is shown in the novel is when Dan said “Well done my boy! Now do it in your own Native language” (Pg 171) This is when Dan is talking to his young ones and they are counting numbers. They originally count it in English but Dan wants them to carry on the Native language and count as the tradition …show more content…
The story is set in an isolated Indigenous village in northern Ontario, Canada, and it explores how the community of individuals deals with a sudden social breakdown as well as the obstacles they encounter in protecting their society. As the community deals with the consequences of societal breakdown, they recognize the value of interdependence and mutual assistance. The community gathers together to share resources, talents, and labour, forging a cooperative and solidaristic collective identity. They overcome difficulties and maintain their way of life by working together. Individual and community identities can be reinforced and redefined as a result of the community's response to the crisis. Individuals gain a deeper sense of who they are as individuals and how they fit into the greater community framework as a result of shared experiences, struggles, and accomplishments. An example in the novel where community and support in familial relationships help build identity is when it said “The comfort and familiarity of his community and the pull of the land made him a proud rez life”. (Pg 20) This quote shows that"Comfort and familiarity" imply that Evan finds refuge and security inside their group. This suggests that the community gives them a sense of belonging and emotional support, which helps them create their own identity. Another quote that shows how the community can
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As they confront the crisis that threatens their survival, they must also reckon with the deep-seated racism and distrust that has long characterized the relationship between Indigenous communities and the Canadian government. This is evident in the community's reluctance to accept outside help and their suspicion of the motives of non-Indigenous people who come to their aid. Through their shared exploration of the impact of systemic racism and discrimination on Indigenous communities, both works underscore the need for ongoing efforts to address past and present injustices. They also highlight the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples in the face of adversity, and the importance of community, connection to the land, and cultural identity in healing and rebuilding. Ultimately, both "Moon of the Crusted Snow" and "One Native Life" offer powerful and insightful perspectives on the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the ongoing work towards justice and
A difference in self-identity often causes conflict between individuals. Head cook at weddings and Funerals by Vi Plotnikoff demonstrates how differences in beliefs, values, future plans and different opinions can cause conflict between a family, community or individuals. Beliefs and values often differ between people, just as Marusa and Aunt Florence. Murusa is considered a perfect girl, she came from a profoundly traditional Doukhobor family. Marisa 's mother, Aunt Florence was a fairly traditional as well as having strong ties to the Doukhobor community.
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese and Sufferance by Thomas King are two novels that tell stories about the Indigenous experience in Canada. Both books deal with similar themes that are developed through the use of key literary elements such as the concept of trauma and its lasting effects on individuals and communities, Identity, Cultural Heritage, Healing, Racism, and Discrimination, both novels approach these themes in different ways. Firstly in both Indian Horse and Sufferance one of the main topics is identity and the theme of struggling with fitting in society. Both books explore the notion of what it means to be Indigenous in a settler colonial society.
The book allows the reader to truly understand what Indigenous people went through in Canada’s past by looking at assimilation as a war and not just some event in history. Soldiers battled for their life on the front
Throughout reading many books, one can see many themes. An overarching theme in many books is how someone can grow while learning through their community. Their act of growth can be something good in the eyes of the community, or it can be rebelling. Many characters develop differently based on how they interact with people around them and everyone as a whole. Sometimes the way communities treat people in them indicates how much it can affect a person.
As Jesse describes the events he witnessed as a child, he explains, “The fridge had a few half-drunk beer bottles, an old light bulb, and a hardened turnip. Sometimes he’d go away for two or three days and leave us nothing” (Thistle 18). At this time, Jesse and his brothers, Jerry and Josh, were living with both their parents, and although they had been financially comfortable to a certain extent, they had to suffer from various forms of abuse from their father, which forced them to have to learn how to fend for themselves from an incredibly young age. Unfortunately, the concept of being raised in broken households, is common within the Indigenous populations in Canada, due to the trauma that has been passed down from generation to generation. In the article, “Intergenerational Trauma: Convergence of Multiple Processes among First Nations peoples in Canada,” it states, “It is further argued that the shared collective experiences of trauma experienced by First Nations peoples, coupled with related collective memories, and persistent sociocultural disadvantages, have acted to increase vulnerability to the transmission and expression of intergenerational trauma effects” (Bombay et al. 2009)
The relationships between characters and their parental figures Can have an impact on their interaction with their culture and society. characters who have a positive relationship with their parental figures may have a better understanding of their cultural traditions and the values that they want to live their life. while those who have a strained relationship may feel disconnected from their culture and may or may not agree with the values that they are being taught about life. The influence of these relationships can be shown in a character's Behavior and decision making, affecting their interactions with society. Understanding the role of apprental figure in shaping a character's relationship with their culture and Society can provide insight into the motivations of the actions that a
For some of my family the search for individuality is an ongoing process. In fact, my family and the family in “Everyday Use” share similarities and differences when it comes to actions of young people, the treatment of children, and relationships between family members. Firstly, the young people in my family and in the short story share similarities and differences when it comes to our actions. Dee, known as Wangero, and I have some similarities.
Peace lies in tradition; a certain type of peace resides in the first scenes of Moon of the Crusted Snow. In this community one needs not a clock, for the breeze itself will whisper when it is time for supper. Over thousands of years, the Anishinaabe peoples know how to hear these words and listen. Evan knows to head home when “the chill in the air [tells] him that he should move quickly” (5). Still, on the way home he is able to observe the “deep orange glow coating the northern landscape as the sun [begins] to set, highlighting the deep evergreen of the pine and spruce trees that [tower] beyond the ridge” (5).
Despite what some might think, the oppression of Indigenous people is still extremely prevalent today. In Canada, the historical treatment of Indigenous people has been particularly horrible. Indigenous people have faced hundreds of years of mistreatment and abuse at the hands of the Canadian government; although it may not be as obvious now as it was in the past, oppression and racism are still deeply rooted in modern Canadian society. The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson brilliantly addresses this. The Outside Circle is a graphic novel that centres around an Indigenous young man named Pete, living in Edmonton with his brother Joey, their mother Bernice and her abusive boyfriend.
The Importance of Cultural Value in Moon of the Crusted Snow In the world where individualism and self-interest often take centre stage, power and resilience originally founded through communal values are forgotten. The novel Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice explores the cooperation of an Anishinaabe community in northern Ontario during the chaos as they experience power outage and increasing violence and crime. The novel highlights that collaboration and shared values among the community members are necessary for overcoming significant challenges and establishing a reliable bond within the community. Specifically, a community's selflessness, rooted in their traditional and cultural values, allows them to work together in order
In Lee Maracles’s interview with Context: Beyond the Headlines, Maracle explains the healing properties of literature and how expression through poetry has helped her advocate for Indigenous people. The medicinal properties of literature are a sacred belief of the Stó:lō peoples. The power of poetry helps relieve the chronic wounding created by the colonizers. Maracle begins by addressing how the movement of colonialism caused irreversible intergenerational trauma among the Indigenous communities. She shames the Canadian government because none of the real people who evoked the damage had ever faced confrontation.
In recent years, Canada has built a reputation for its diverse and accepting society, however, the racist and violent treatment towards different ethnic groups, specifically Indigenous communities, makes up a significant part of the country's history and continues to have an effect on today’s society. The novel, Indian Horse, written by Richard Wagamese, strives to prove how individuals who encounter racial abuse and stereotypes will face hardships in an attempt to live to their full potential. This point is exhibited through Saul’s harsh experience in Residential School, his hockey journey, and alcoholism struggle. SUBTOPIC: The first example of how racism and racial stereotypes prevent an individual from reaching their full potential