Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm (Central Time)


Presenter: Linguist and Musicologist Shane Lief, MA


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The calumet ceremony, also colloquially known as the “peace pipe ceremony,” has a dynamic history that stretches across the North American continent.  Over the course of many centuries, the calumet ceremony has served various social functions, including facilitating spiritual communion, generating kinship, and building community. Indeed, it is a syncretic practice which emerged from different cultural groups over time. This presentation focuses on how this ceremony can be understood as also having a psychological function by 
fostering ‘psychic syncretism’; that is the participants in the ceremony not only experience overlapping subjectivity, but also reconstitute and co-create elements of psyche. The ceremony is an elaborate ritual as well as a profound spiritual encounter. The calumet ceremony is thus recognized as another major cultural tradition which can be added to the inventory of spiritual practices which inform Jungian depth psychology.

Shane Lief was born and raised in New Orleans. With graduate degrees in both Linguistics and Musicology, he has focused on understanding the human condition through the lenses of language, music, and history. Over the past decade, he has presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for German-American Studies, and the Louisiana Historical Association. When not teaching or writing about the history of languages, he plays music and leads a percussion band that marches in Mardi Gras parades. Working with photojournalist and jazz historian John McCusker, he coauthored the book Jockomo: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians, which was published by University Press of Mississippi in 2019.

Non-members $10, free to Jung Society members.
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1.5 CE credit hours for LPCs and Social Workers, additional $10

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Most programs are approved for Social Work contact hours through Tulane School of Social Work and for LPC clock hours through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The C. G. Jung Sciety of New Orleans has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.