'Being alive well' : health and the politics of Cree well-being (Anthropological horizons)

Type
Book
Authors
Naomi Adelson ( Adelson, Naomi )
 
ISBN 10
0802083269 
ISBN 13
9780802083265 
Category
General Library Collection  [ Browse Items ]
Publication Year
2000 
Pages
141 
Subject
Cree -- Health and hygiene -- Quebec (Province) 
Abstract
For the Cree there is no word that translates into English as 'health.' The most apt phrase is miyupimaatisiiun or, as I translate it, 'being alive well.' 'Being alive well' constitutes what one may describe as being healthy; yet it is less determined by bodily functions than by the practices of daily living and by the balance of human relationships intrinsic to Cree lifestyles. 'Being alive well' means that one is able to hunt, to pursue traditional activities, to eat the right foods, and (not surprisingly, given the harsh northern winters) to keep warm. This is above all a matter of quality of life. That quality is linked, in turn, to political and social phenomena that are as much a part of the contemporary Cree world as are the exigencies of 'being alive well. 
Description
ix, 141 pages : map ; 24 cm. 
Biblio Notes
Contents:
'If the land is not healthy then how can we be?' --
The Whapmagoostui Iyiyuu'ch. --
Miyupimaatisiiun: 'Being alive well' --
The politics of Miyupimaatisiiun. --
Summary and postscript.  
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