Collection glen-2592 - Selwyn Dewdney's Ojibway Scrolls Project collection

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Selwyn Dewdney's Ojibway Scrolls Project collection

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GLEN glen-2592

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  • 1969-1972 (Creation)
    Dewdney, Selwyn

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12.5 cm of textual records. -- 1 film reel. -- 7 photographs. -- 6 audio reels

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Selwyn Dewdney, 1909-1979, of London, Ontario, undertook a project for the Glenbow-Alberta Institute of interpreting a set of sacred Ojibway scrolls, which had been purchased by the Glenbow. During the course of the project he travelled to Shoal Lake Indian Reserve, Kejick, Ontario in 1969, where he filmed a Midewewin ceremony conducted by James Red Sky. From 1970 to 1972 he wrote a book entitled Sacred Scrolls of the Southern Ojibway, which was published by Glenbow. For further information see Daylight in the Swamp : Memoirs of Selwyn Dewdney. -- Toronto : Dundurn Press, 1997.

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The collection consists of drafts of the manuscript, "Sacred Scrolls of the Southern Ojibway" (1970-1972); slides of some photographs published in the book; a film of the Midewewin ceremony (1969); and sound recordings of excerpts of from the ceremony and commentary on it.

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  • The material is in English and Ojibway.

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The film and sound recordings are of a sacred ceremony. Permission must be obtained from the Midewewin Society (Midewiwin, Medewin, Mide) in order to view or listen to them.

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A transcript of the film is in Ethnology's Selwyn Dewdney file, at Glenbow.

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Record No. M-4372;F-104;AT-190<br><br>

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