Flekke, Byron Michael Bidiuk - "Life and Death in The Orenda" and "Here We Shall Remain"...

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This extended essays has been submitted to the Library for purposes of graduation, but needs to be audited for technical details related to publication in order to be approved for inclusion in the Library collection.
Term: 
Summer 2017
Degree: 
M.A.L.S.
Degree type: 
Extended Essays
Department: 
Liberal Studies Program
Faculty: 
Arts & Social Sciences
Senior supervisor: 
Jack Martin
Co-supervisor, if any: 
Sasha Colby
Thesis title: 
"Life and Death in The Orenda" and "Here We Shall Remain"
Given Names: 
Byron Michael Bidiuk
Surname: 
Flekke
Abstract: 
Aboriginal relations are explored in one essay and one play. Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda contains graphic depictions of violence which proved divisive for readers and critics alike. However, these depictions are both accurate and significant to not just the contents of the novel but to violence in the world. Ernest Becker’s ideas on death anxiety and culture are used to explain the violence as ritual, allowing readers to understand the nature of violence between cultures and to take away positive messages from Boyden’s novel. In a play about Tecumseh, taking place during the War of 1812, issues aboriginals struggle with today are reminiscent of issues aboriginals experienced over 200 years ago. The question remains: how far have we come in over two centuries of shared history? Moving forward, aboriginals and non-aboriginals must learn to live together otherwise the consequences can be destructive and potentially fatal to individuals and entire cultures.
Keywords: 
Aboriginal issues; ritual; cultural studies; Ernest Becker; Tecumseh; violence
Total pages: 
118