Thursday, November 19, 2009
Beliefs revolved around the similarities between men and animals, I think that's why the drum had animals on it. Both have spirits and in the past they communicated directly with each other. These ancient relationships had been transformed by the acts and antics of Raven, a culture hero and trickster who constantly disrupted the moral order by deception. The Athabaskan culture told stories to there children, tales concerning the activities of Raven, along with other mythical beings which exemplify concepts of right and wrong. The important animals like the caribou, bear and wolf were respected through ritual practices, such as sexual abstinence and taboos, in order to remain in the good graces of the animal spirit. Offending the Malevolent spirt caused your children to be lost in the forest by "woodsman" lurking in the forest and capturing them. Landon, S. (2002). The Native People of Alaska. Anchorage, AK: Greatland Graphics.