Humour is good medicine, the Algonquin perspective on humour in their culture and of outsider constructions of Aboriginal humour

by Poirier, Michelle A.

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis presents the experiential viewpoints of Algonquin people who participated in a research project that examined the role humour plays in Algonquin society, looking at Elders humour, healing, spirituality, creativity, family, social, and inter-cultural relations. The exploratory research was hmed within Canadian Studies discourse, written fiom an Aboriginal perspective crediting indigenous knowledge. Areas of discussion included the place of humour in Algonquin society, outsiders' cuitural constructions of Abonginai humour, and infiuences acting on the transmission and preservation of Algonquin humour heritage. It considered the infiuences of outsiders' cultural constructions of Aboriginal humour in mass media, and in historicai, sociologicai and anthropological discourse.
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Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/01/2000

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