Item FT-0001.17 - Ethnic Corner: Herbal Medicines and Mi'kmaw Traditions

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Ethnic Corner: Herbal Medicines and Mi'kmaw Traditions

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Rita Joe / Alan Cash and Elizabeth Beaton-Planetta.

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CA BI FT-0001.17

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  • 1981 (Creation)

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1 videocassette

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File consists of an original video interview with Rita Joe on the use of herbal medicinal cures and of various Mi'kmaw cultural items such as hair ornaments, jewelry and musical instruments. Rules and significance of waltes played by Mi'kmaw women. Beaton Institute Production; 20 minutes

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      • Herbal medicine (Faith healing): spruce (internal ailments), alder (headaches), tea berries, cherry tree leaves.
      • Explanation of the equipment used in basketmaking.
      • Musical instruments.
      • Hair ornaments/jewelry.
      • Significance of the designs in jewelry.
      • Wampum
      • Game played by women waiting for the men to come home from hunting - explanation of the sticks and
      special plate used in the playing of the game.
      • Demonstration of the game, Waltes.
      • Significance of a woman winning the game; i.e. her husband will have good fortune in hunting.

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