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Sarah OwusuMr. Michael LaurentHUMA 1825BMr. Neil BraganzaMarch 19th, 2021Celia’s SongCeremonies are important and also part of our lives. Ceremonies help us to introduce orend a chapter of our lives. They allow us to celebrate a new life or honour the end of a life. Theyinclude marriages, graduation, retirement, christening or naming day ceremonies. A ceremony isa formal act, ritual, or religious occasion that is often set by traditions and customs, typicallymeant to celebrate an event and anniversary. Lee Maracle’s “Celia’s song”, highlights andidentifies the impact of residential schools, the problems of suicide and the loss of culture thathaunts the first Nation communities although they are things of the past through her use of pasttense in the book. This leads to my thesis, “Although the impact of colonialism resulted in thedisruption and loss of the lives and traditions of the first nation communities, throughceremonies, the communities focus on reconciliation and healing, moving forward from the pasttraumas inflicted upon them and finding their spirituality by getting in touch with their roots.The thesis is meant to focus on the impact that colonization had on the indigenouspeople and their communities and how they lost their culture due to assimilation of residentialschool. It will also focus on how the characters in the book recover the lost tradition and culturethrough ceremonies and how they heal and reconcile with each other to move on from the past
towards a brighter future. The main topics I will be focusing on to explicate and develop mythesis the focus of healing and reconciliation through ceremonies, getting in touch with theirroots to connect to their spirituality and moving forward from generational trauma inflicted uponthem.In the beginning of the book, we see that mink, a shapeshifter comes across piles ofbones in the last longhouse of the village. Mink sympathizes with the bones because “Theintensity of their rage grows with time. The bones wait; wait for burial, for ceremony, for theirfinal resting place. They shift and rattle their discontent” (Chapter, I). The bones are restlessbecause they seek justice and are crying for their bones to be buried properly. The bones arememories of the inhabitants who lived in the village before they were massacred. They representthe longing for their culture and tradition which is no longer performed by the remaining people.Because of colonization, the white settlers wanted the natives to assimilate to their culture sothey stripped the natives of theirs and those who resisted were killed. The bones are restless andcrying because their communities are not in touch with their roots and because of this, theceremonies for the dead are no longer being performed. To complete the ritual for the bones who

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