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Contes et legendes francophones
Circles:Aboriginal Context Circles represent important principles in the Aboriginal worldview and belief systems:
- the seasonal pattern of life and renewal and the movement of animals and people were continuous, like a circle, which has no beginning and no end.
- inclusiveness and the lack of a hierarchy
- They are found throughout nature – for instance, in the movement of the seasons and the sun’s movement from east to west during the day.
- Circles are also used in the construction of teepees and sweat lodges;
- the circular willow hoop,
- medicine wheel,
- dream catcher .
Circle Traditions – Talking circles symbolize completeness and equality. All circle participants’ views must be respected and listened to. All comments directly address the question or the issue, not the comments another person has made. In the circle, an object that symbolizes connectedness to the land – for example, a stick, a stone, or a feather – can be used to facilitate the circle. Only the person holding the “talking stick” has the right to speak. Participants can indicate their desire to speak by raising their hands. Going around the circle systematically gives everyone the opportunity to participate. Silence is also acceptable – any participant can choose not to speak.