Manitous paper - The novel The Manitous by Basil Johnson,...

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The novel The Manitous by Basil Johnson, explains the Ojibway heritage, through the mystical creatures called the manitous. The North American Indian’s ways of life have long been misunderstood by Western European settlers. Their simple ways of living – a simple mind and heart that loved the little things in life that most overlook that bring great pleasure – from a blade of grass to a towering waterfall. When the Anishinaubae gave thanks to these things as well as the manitous, the Western Europeans took it as worshipping idols or multiple Gods; this strongly contrasted with their Christian religious beliefs that condoned the belief in one God and one God only. The Western Europeans regarded the Anishinaubae as heathens without a real religion. The Anishinaubae would reply by explaining that the manitous had provided them with a different meaning of the universe. The Anishinaubae did not have a need to adapt to a lifestyle crowded by technology or other “civilized” habits of the “red people” was not understood. When the Western European’s first migrated to where the Native Americans had been living, they started staking their crosses in the ground, as symbol of their Christianity. The Ojibway did not understand this and saw the act as a symbol of profanity. In their tradition, any sort of cross in the ground, dodaem-wautik, was a reference to death and only used during a funeral ceremony. They felt that these
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2008 for the course AMCULT 205 taught by Professor Noori during the Spring '06 term at University of Michigan.

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