Hallowell, A. Irving (Alfred Irving), 1892-1974. The role of dreams in Ojibwa culture

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Title: The role of dreams in Ojibwa culture

Published in: Contributions to anthropology : selected papers of A. Irving Hallowell

Published By: Contributions to anthropology : selected papers of A. Irving Hallowell Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976. 449-474 p.

By line: [A. Irving Hallowell]

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Ojibwa (NG06)

Subjects: Sanctions (681); Theory of disease (753); Spirits and gods (776); Revelation and divination (787); Ethnopsychology (828);

Abstract: In this article Hallowell discusses Ojibwa worldview (see also document no. 77) and dreaming. The Ojibwa believe that a good life, free from hunger, disease, and misfortune is dependent on the blessing of powerful 'other-than-human' persons. Ojibwa males seek this blessing in a dream fast. In one boy's dream an other-than-human person appeared to him in human form and then changed into a golden eagle. The boy then perceived himself changing into an eagle and flying off with the other eagle. In Ojibwa worldview, outward forms are unstable and only the vital core of humans and other-than-humans is constant. Hallowell argues that such dreams instill moral responsibility, self-discipline, and personal security, which are necessary for a hunting way of life.

Document Number: 78

Document ID: ng06-078

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 472-474)

Field Date: 1930-1940

Evaluation: Ethnographer-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 1998

Coverage Date: 1930-1940

Coverage Place: Berens River, Manitoba, Canada

LCSH: Ojibwa Indians

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