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Algonquin Indian Wysoccan Ceremony

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Christina Pellizzari

on 21 March 2014

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Algonquin Indian Wysoccan Ceremony

Side Effects
Short Term:
- Violent behaviour
- Disconnected from reality
- Nausea
- Seizures
- Increased heart rate

Long Term:
- Vivid hallucinations
- Permanent memory loss
- Forget how to speak
- Forget their identity
- Death
Age + Characteristics
- 16 years old males
- Young men of the Algonquin Indians are taken to a secluded area in a forest to drink a plant mixture called Wysoccan
- After drinking this mixture, the boys are forced to stay secluded for 20 days

Symbolic Significance
- Affects the chemical messengers from the brain to the nerves
- This drug was meant to force all of the childhood memories out of boys head
- Childhood memories were a sign of weakness and immaturity
- If boys showed recognition towards their childhood after returning to the village, they were taken back and given a second dose

- Native Canadian inhabitants of North America
- Nine tribes live in Quebec, one tribe in Ontario
- The tribe is estimated to be about 2000 years old and settled in Quebec in 1613

Social Back Round
- Patriarchal society
- Wife would live with husbands family
- During winter, large groups live togeather
- During summers, groups split apart
- They still practice traditional activities such as fishing, hunting, etc.
- Wysoccan is an extremely dangerous hallucinogen derived from Jimson Weed that is said to be 100 times more powerful than LSD.
- Jimson Weed is a 3 to 5 foot green plant with large soft leaves, has walnut sized seeds that are often covered in spikes, and distinctive trumpet like white-cream colored flowers that emit an unpleasant smell.
Comparing Cultures
- Algonquin culture considers childhood memories bad as they make people weak and immature
- Our culture believes that we grow and develop from our memories and that our childhood experiences shape who we become in regards to beliefs, traditions, opinions, etc.
Works Cited
- "socl120." socl120. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://socl120.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/rite-of-passage/>.
- "The 5 Most Terrifying Rites of Manhood from Around the World." Cracked.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://www.cracked.com/article_16313_the-5-most-terrifying-rites-manhood-from-around-world.html>.
- "Algonquin Indian wysoccan ceremony." AskMen. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://ca.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-male-initiation-rituals_6.html>.
- "Jimson Weed Fact Sheet." CA Drug Treatment Programs. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://soberliving.crchealth.com/jimson-weed-fact-sheet/>.
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