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They Knew Both Sides of Medicine: Cree Tales of Curing and Cursing Told by Alice Ahenakew
translated by H.C. Wolfart and Freda Ahenakew
University of Manitoba Press, 2000
Paper: 978-0-88755-649-4 | eISBN: 978-0-88755-310-3
Library of Congress Classification PM989.A2A44 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 497.3

Born in 1912, Alice Ahenakew was brought up in a traditional Cree community in north-central Saskatchewan. As a young woman, she married Andrew Ahenakew, a member of the prominent Saskatchewan family, who later became an Anglican clergyman and a prominent healer. Alice Ahenakew's personal reminiscences include stories of her childhood, courtship and marriage, as well as an account of the 1928 influenza epidemic an encounters with a windigo. The centrepiece of this book is the fascinating account of Andrew Ahenakewís bear vision, through which he received healing powers. Written in original Cree text with a full English translation, They Knew both Sides of Medicine also includes an introduction discussing the historical background of the narrative and its style and rhetorical structure, as well as a complete Cree-English glossary.
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