Kevlar®, Crisco®, and Menstruation: “Tradition” and Dene Games

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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Using data collected from 4 months of ethnographic research that was conducted during the summer of 2002, this article examines the complexity inherent in anthropological investigations of “tradition,” and also the multiplicity of ways that traditions are looked at by residents of Sambaa K’e and Dene Games organizers in the Northwest Territories. By exploring different interpretations of traditional Dene Games, the role of women in such games, and the ideological positions that have contributed to these interpretations, the ways in whichß certain understandings of tradition are privileged over others are elucidated.

Giles is with University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2 H9.

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