The demise of the Beothuk as a past still present

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/556163
Title:
The demise of the Beothuk as a past still present
Authors:
Owen, Suzanne
Abstract:
This article aims to investigate contemporary cultural representations of the Beothuk Indians in art, literature and museum displays in Newfoundland, Canada, focussing on ways these reimagine the past for the present, offering perspectives on contested histories, such as the circumstances leading to the demise of the Beothuk. Wiped out through the impact of colonialism, the Beothuk are the ‘absent other’ who continue to be remembered and made present through the creative arts, largely at the expense of other indigenous groups on the island. Rather than focussing on the ‘non-absent past’, according to Polish scholar Ewa Domańska, ‘instead we turn to a past that is somehow still present, that will not go away or, rather, that of which we cannot rid ourselves’ (2006, 346). Depictions of the last Beothuk are part of a cultural remembering where guilt and reconciliation are played out through media of the imagination.
Affiliation:
University of Chester/Leeds Trinity University
Citation:
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 2015, 2(1), pp. 119-139
Publisher:
Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions
Journal:
Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions
Publication Date:
29-Apr-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/556163
Additional Links:
https://jkapalo.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/the-demise-of-the-beothuk-as-a-past-still-present-pdf2.pdf; http://jisasr.org/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Included with kind permission of Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions
ISSN:
2009-7409
Sponsors:
Research was funded by a British Academy Small Grant
Appears in Collections:
Theology and Religious Studies

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorOwen, Suzanneen
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-02T14:05:48Zen
dc.date.available2015-06-02T14:05:48Zen
dc.date.issued2015-04-29en
dc.identifier.citationIrish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 2015, 2(1), pp. 119-139en
dc.identifier.issn2009-7409en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/556163en
dc.descriptionIncluded with kind permission of Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religionsen
dc.description.abstractThis article aims to investigate contemporary cultural representations of the Beothuk Indians in art, literature and museum displays in Newfoundland, Canada, focussing on ways these reimagine the past for the present, offering perspectives on contested histories, such as the circumstances leading to the demise of the Beothuk. Wiped out through the impact of colonialism, the Beothuk are the ‘absent other’ who continue to be remembered and made present through the creative arts, largely at the expense of other indigenous groups on the island. Rather than focussing on the ‘non-absent past’, according to Polish scholar Ewa Domańska, ‘instead we turn to a past that is somehow still present, that will not go away or, rather, that of which we cannot rid ourselves’ (2006, 346). Depictions of the last Beothuk are part of a cultural remembering where guilt and reconciliation are played out through media of the imagination.en
dc.description.sponsorshipResearch was funded by a British Academy Small Granten
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Society for the Academic Study of Religionsen
dc.relation.urlhttps://jkapalo.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/the-demise-of-the-beothuk-as-a-past-still-present-pdf2.pdfen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jisasr.org/en
dc.subjectmemoryen
dc.subjectNewfoundlanden
dc.subjectcultureen
dc.subjectmuseumsen
dc.subjectvisual arten
dc.subjectindigeneityen
dc.titleThe demise of the Beothuk as a past still presenten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester/Leeds Trinity Universityen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religionsen
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