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In his article Micmac Customs and Traditions Stansbury Hager ethnographically records some of the traditions and customs of the Micmac people After a short introduction including the methods of collecting the data as well as information about its source Hager jumps right into a description of some Micmac traditions and customs He begins with a description of a system of communication for use while in the woods Hager 189531 followed by an extensive description of a complex board game named wltstmkwn played by the Micmac Hager 189531-35 Following this is a description of the Micmacs version of football named toodijik what we now refer to as soccerHager 189535-36 Hager then goes on to describe the serpent dance named choogichoo yajik which is then related to similar practices and beliefs held by other native groups of North America He points out that the similarities are likely indicative of a somewhat shared heritage among the native groups Hager exemplifies this point with folk-tales one of which closely resembles another told by the Chippewa natives Hager 189540 A small conclusion is included at the end of this article containing a short commentary on how in spite of the years of research the knowledge of these myths is rapidly disappearing 42 In whole this article is reminiscence of the historical particularism viewpoint Although it is difficult to place this article into a specific school or tradition I believe it comes from historical particularism typical to the school of American anthropology because other than the fact the article is published in The American Anthropologist a possible yet unreliable indicator it deems a focus on the traditions and customs of a group of people as a valid study Another indicator that further indicates a categorization of historical particularism is the authors use of comparison with other native groups of North America as he describes the similarities between legends told by the Micmac and other native groups In doing comparisons
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