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The Shaking Tent
Transcript of The Shaking Tent
The shaking tent ceremony is a ritual preformed by the Ojibwa, Innu, Cree, Panobscot, Abenaki and many other tribes
Someone who wants to participate in the ceremony would make a trade with a shaman.
- a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces.
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It represents beliefs and values about the supernatural world and its relationship to the living
The tent is made up made of 4 to 8 poles that are put into in the ground in the shape of a cylinder with uncovered sides or hole in the top allowing spirits to fly in and out
Someone would participate in order to find a missing item,person , to communicate with an ancestor or predict an outcome
A participant would plead to the spirits
The ceremony always takes place at night.
(Cree)- shaking tent
- term for describing a traditional healer or spiritual leader amongst aboriginals
Christian groups did not condone of this aboriginal custom since they associated it with Paganism.
The Shaking Tent was banned when the Indian Act was implemented in 1876 with many other Aboriginal customs.
In 1951, the revised version of the Indian Act was implemented. This new revision involved the removal of bans on dances and customs such as the Shaking Tent.
The Shaking Tent ritual is still practiced to this day as it was in the past
Structure of the frame varies from tribe to tribe. The The Chippewa customarily used three birch and two separate spruce uprights, and two birch and spruce horizontal hoops to bind it. Whereas, other tribes used four or seven uprights.
The animal spirits are believed to be present. The turtle would be the foundation of the tent, the Thunderbird would cover the top, and the other spirits would be perched around the hoop.
While the ritual is underway, the tent is believed to violently shake and sparks of light have been reported.