[Algonquiana] Butterfly

Danielle E. Cyr dcyr at yorku.ca
Sun Apr 16 18:44:34 EDT 2017


The word for butterfly in Mi'gmaq is mimiges. It is used as a nickname for a sweet little girl.

Best to all,
Danielle

___________________________________________Dr. Danielle E. Cyr, Senior Scholar at York University & Research Associate at the Mi'gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat339, boul. Perron ouestNew Richmond, QC, 	G0C 2BOdcyr at yorku.ca - 418.392.7271


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>From: Margaret Ann Noodin <noodin at uwm.edu>
>To: "Roland Bohr" <r.bohr at uwinnipeg.ca>, "Lynn Whidden" <WhiddenL at BrandonU.CA>, "Goddard, Ives" <GODDARDI at si.edu>, "'Bousquet Marie-Pierre'" <marie-pierre.bousquet at umontreal.ca>, "Algonquiana" <ALGONQUIANA at listserv.linguistlist.org>
>Sent: Sam, Avr 15, 2017, 9:06 AM
>Subject: Re: [Algonquiana] Butterfly
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>The Anishinaabe story is that the first human babies were cared for so well they never stood up so Nanabush / Wenabozho asked Gizhemanidoo what to do and while he was waiting for an answer he was tossing pebbles.  The pebbles then turned into butterflies who taught the babies to grow up and reach for life which is why we put butterflies on children’s blankets and regalia – especially girls who learn fancy style dancing which is said to be an imitation of butterfly motions.
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>A version of the story is in Tales the Elders Told by Basil Johnston
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>What a great question!
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>Margaret Noodin
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>On 4/14/17, 7:33 PM, "Algonquiana on behalf of Roland Bohr" <algonquiana-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org on behalf of r.bohr at uwinnipeg.ca> wrote:
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>    Hello All, 
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>    Though not Algonquian, but Siouan, the Crow leader Plenty Coups, who grew up in the later nineteenth century, related to the ethnographer Frank B. Linderman how in his childhood, he and other boys were exorted by their elders to run and catch butterflies and rub them on their chests to obtain the butterfles' speed and agility. 
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>    From: Algonquiana <algonquiana-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of Lynn Whidden <WhiddenL at BrandonU.CA>
>    Sent: Friday, April 14, 2017 4:04 PM
>    To: Goddard, Ives; 'Bousquet Marie-Pierre'; Algonquiana
>    Subject: Re: [Algonquiana] Butterfly
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>    And Densmore recorded a Chippewa song (Vol 2) sung by a warrior named Butterfly.
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>    From: Algonquiana [algonquiana-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org] on behalf of Goddard, Ives [GODDARDI at si.edu]
>    Sent: 13 April 2017 11:29
>    To: 'Bousquet Marie-Pierre'; Algonquiana
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>    It may be of interest that Meskwaki mêmêkêha 'butterfly' is one of the names used traditionally for a male dog (or horse) by men of the Thunder Clan.
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>    From: Algonquiana [mailto:algonquiana-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org] On Behalf Of Bousquet Marie-Pierre
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>    Subject: [Algonquiana] Butterfly
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>    Hi everyone,
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>    I am looking for references about the symbolism of butterflies in Algonquian cultures. I am interested in powwow regalia, especially for children, where this design is often represented.
>    Thanks in advance,
>    Marie-Pierre.
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