Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 417–454

Continuity and change: the interpretation of illness in an anishinaabe (ojibway) community

  • Linda C. Garro

DOI: 10.1007/BF00050821

Cite this article as:
Garro, L.C. Cult Med Psych (1990) 14: 417. doi:10.1007/BF00050821


Rich descriptions of Anishinaabe medical knowledge and the cultural meanings associated with illness are available in the anthropological literature, especially in the writings of A.I. Hallowell. Most of this work is based on fieldwork carried out prior to 1940 and was often motivated by a desire to reconstruct the pre-contact situation. Since that time, there have been numerous changes affecting health status and health care. This paper examines lay medical knowledge in a contemporary Canadian Anishinaabeg community, with particular attention to change and continuity in the way people explain and respond to the occurrence of illness.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda C. Garro
    • 1
  1. 1.Northern Health Research Unit Department of Community Health SciencesUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada