THEME: The Energy Force of Matriculture in Mythology and Storytelling Around the World
Mythology, storytelling, and story-work hold the parameters of conscious (and unconscious) transmission of valorizing identifiers for a culture, engaging and permeating everyday values. These values and teachings, handed down within traditional stories, are being reinvigorated and even reinterpreted in contemporary times. These features are embedded in language and mythology, and many of these cultures share ancestral heritages which have been handed down through centuries, spanning millennia - even though their original languages experienced colonizing factors and may be diluted today. This issue of Matrix will feature current understandings of matricultural mythologies and ancient knowledges that are based in oral traditions, as well as historical accounts of pre-colonial protocols and their manifestations in contemporary life cycles and ceremonies.
Today, there is a decisive revitalization of Indigenous traditional knowledge and oral history through the revealing of ancient ceremonies and myths passed on in stories, song, and art. This reclaiming has direct links to the social well-being of clans and communities, and it heightens an understanding of matriculture.
This issue of Matrix urges a decolonizing effort by showing how ethnographic records and oral knowledge are examined through the mythology and belief systems of the peoples themselves. We also encourage research about rites of passage, rituals, ceremonies, festivals, and seasonal honourings, showing how they are centered in the identities of a people, within their creation stories, and their life teachings.
Possibilities for papers include the discourse of mythology as well as contemporary notions and adaptations of storytelling and storywork, yet are not limited to the following:
The link between the seasons, celebrations, festivals, ritual life, and matriculture.
Traditional plants, food, and medicines.
The significance of animal, fish, and plant in nationhood storywork and ritual.
Ceremonies such as the Sundance, Moondance, Potlatch and their ties to matriculture.
Kinship interactions, as in the role of grandmother/mother/daughter, sister/sister, brother/sister, uncle/niece & nephew relationships.
Ethnographic or oral knowledge accounts.
Linguistic markers which define matrilineality and myth as realism.
Myths as they illustrate economic or sustainable development within matricultural societies
Issue Editors: Margaret Kress (University of New Brunswick) and Idoia Arana-Beobide (Network on Culture)
Please submit a 300-word abstract (max) to the Editorial Collective of Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies.
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2021
Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal published by the International Network for Training, Education, and Research on Culture (Network on Culture), Canada. Matrix is published online on a biannual basis.
For many years, scholarship has explored the expression and role of women in culture from various perspectives such as kinship, economics, ritual, etc, but so far, the idea of approaching culture as a whole, taking the female world as primary, as a cultural system in Geertz’ classical sense of the term – a matriculture – has gone unnoticed. Some cultures have a weakly defined matricultural system; others have strong matricultural systems with various ramifications that may include, but are not limited to, matrilineal kinship, matrilocality, matriarchal governance features – all of which have serious consequences relative to the socio-cultural status of women, men, children, and the entire community of humans, animals, and the environment.
The main objective of Matrix is to provide a forum for those who are working from this theoretical stance. We encourage submissions from scholars, community members, and other knowledge keepers from around the world who are ready to take a new look at the ways in which people - women and men, historically and currently - have organized themselves into meaningful relationships; the myths, customs, and laws which support these relationships; and the ways in which researchers have documented and perhaps mis-labeled the matricultures they encounter.
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