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    In 1862, fourteen days after being ordained priest in the Congregation of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary-Immaculate, Émile Petitot left France for the Athabasca-Mackenzie region of the Canadian North. During the years he spent in the Canadian Northwest, Petitot was interested chiefly in the geography of the country and the ethnology of its people. His contributions to geography are exhaustive, and in the field of anthropology, his publications cover the Chiglit Eskimos,... [READ MORE]
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    In 1862, fourteen days after being ordained priest in the Congregation of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary-Immaculate, Émile Petitot left France for the Athabasca-Mackenzie region of the Canadian North. During the years he spent in the Canadian Northwest, Petitot was interested chiefly in the geography of the country and the ethnology of its people. His contributions to geography are exhaustive, and in the field of anthropology, his publications cover the Chiglit Eskimos,... [READ MORE]
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    Greenland's Inuit have for generations depended upon the hunting and sharing of whales to fulfill their needs. Yet their ability to continue their tradition in an ecologically responsible and sustainable manner is threatened by those opposed to the killing of whales. Contributions deal with various aspects of the whale hunt and the economic, social, cultural, historical, nutritional, and spiritual importance and significance of whales and whaling to Greenlandic Inuit. Chapter... [READ MORE]
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    The confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers is a complicated place. Located just before the rivers meet is a place called the Island Cache, where a community of settlers took up residence in the1920s. The area was initially an island separated by a flood channel. The Cache was a very different place than the city (Prince George) on its border, but in 1970, it was incorporated, and a period of escalating political turmoil began. Integration was swift and decisive, and acco... [READ MORE]
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    For millennia, native people found sustenance on the great plains in the heart of North America. Theirs is a long and triumphant story of survival, a story that even now is just beginning to be told. The Buffalo People presents, for the first time, the full sweep of 12,000 years of prehistoric human habitation on the grasslands of Canada, bringing to life an ancient and nearly forgotten people.
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    This work documents the lives of a group of hunters and reindeer herders living at the headwaters of the Lower Tunguska River at the end of the 20th century. Katanga Evenkis are best described by the flexible and creative way they use the land around them, and continue to exercise a strong presence on their lands, despite severe pressure by Soviet-era policies and even more devastating dislocations by industrial development and privatisation. According to Sirina, Katanga Even... [READ MORE]
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    The Bronze Age cemetery of Khuzhir-Nuge XIV (KN XIV) is located on the west coast of the Little Sea region of Lake Baikal, near the southern end of Ol'Khon Island and about 3 km southwest of the mouth of the Sarma River. Six seasons of excavation at the site produced archaeological data on 79 graves, including the remains of 89 individuals. The cemetery yields--particularly the archaeological and osteological materials -- have been subjected to a number of analyses. This volu... [READ MORE]
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    Presents comprehensive archaeological data from fieldwork at Khuzhir-Nuge XIV. Mortuary sites have provided the primary data that inform a number of research modules designed by the project. Of the several gravesites dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age located and excavated in the Little Sea of the Lake Baikal coast, Khuzhir-Nuge XIV is by far the largest. This monograph is dedicated to a descriptive account of the excavated archaeological features and artifacts collected,... [READ MORE]
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    Features important information about Dene community life in the 1960s during the crucial period immediately following the move from bush to town. Deals extensively with the traditional economy, the structure of Dene Kinship, its role in social organization, and the role of the drum dance in the social life of the community under rapidly-changing circumstances.
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    This volume deals with the Inuit geographic knowledge, and explores the importance of the land in the construction of identity. Inuinnait geographic knowledge is organized around three central concepts: relativity, connectivity, and subjectivity, that also organize the social structure, and the Inuinnaqtun language. It is a knowledge in action, and involves a mix of practical skills such as orientation and meteorology, and of oral tradition: stories and place names told and r... [READ MORE]
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    The third site monograph published as part of the Baikal Archaeology Project presents both archaeological and human osteological data from fieldwork conducted at the mortuary site Kurma XI, in the extensively researched Little Sea area of Lake Baikal, Siberia.
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    Lac La Biche served for many years as a 'gateway community' for fur trade in western Canada. This important role, neglected in historical and archaeological research, is documented in detail here. Rich in reproductions of historical documents, photographs, and archaeological remains, this book provides an intimate look at the fur trader's perspective and that of the people who settled the town of Lac La Biche.
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    A collection of words and pictures from Metis elders in northern Alberta who grew up on the land and watched as the first school was built, roads were plowed, and the Tar Sands industry grew from an experimental factory in the woods to one of the world's largest industrial oil projects. Over the years, the Metis elders have told their own histories to their children and grandchildren. Some of these are now presented in this volume, so that their words can sit alongside other ... [READ MORE]
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    The advent of perestroika, and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union have had an enormous impact on indigenous peoples in the Russian Arctic. This book probes the cultural, political, and economic issues guiding Russian state policy toward Siberian indigenous peoples in the post-Soviet age. Growing from a report to the Russian parliament, it became a major building block for new legislation on the treatment of Northern minority peoples in the new Russia.
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    This volume gives voice to Sami views on Sami culture and colonial experiences. It brings together a series of conversations between a Sami and a non-Sami scholar and selected Sami cultural practitioners who discuss a wide range of issues--from Sami knowledge systems and cultural expression, yoiking, reindeer herding, arts and crafts, and feminism, to shamanism, postmodernism, post-colonialism, epistemic violence, colonialism, racism, and specific concrete issues such as cult... [READ MORE]
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    This program deals with hunter-gatherer cultural change and continuity in the Middle Holocene of the Cis-Baikal, Siberia. From about 9000 to 3000 BP, the Baikal area was successively inhabited by two major groups-the Kitoi, who date to the Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic, and the Serovo-Glazkovo, who date from the Middle through Late Neolithic to Bronze Age. A distinct feature is a discontinuity separating the groups. Eleven papers highlight the interdisciplinary and inte... [READ MORE]
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    In 1991, the Inuvialuit community celebrated a successful bowhead whale hunt, the first to occur locally for more than a half century. This book focuses on two aspects of the whale hunt: it describes events prior to, during, and after the hunt, and documents the basis of Inuvialuit interest in the bowhead, the relationship between subsistence and cultural identity, and the re-emergence of Inuvialuit traditions. In Recovering Rights, 'rights' relates to the population recovery... [READ MORE]
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    Treats in considerable detail, the entire history of whaling in Japan and the nature of contemporary coastal whale fishery. It provides a useful context for a wide range of topics which include: the organization of small-type coastal whaling, the commercial and non-commercial distribution of whale meat, the importance of whales as a source of food, social integration, and whaling culture.
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    Talking Tools: Faces of Aboriginal Oral Tradition in Contemporary Society explores the power of oral tradition in Aboriginal society as a foundational cultural and linguistic tool. Four distinct elements are examined: the story-keepers; the importance of practice; the emergence of new stories; and the challenges of sustainability. Finally, the emergence of new technologies and their relevance to the sustainability of the tradition and art of storytelling are discussed. Solsti... [READ MORE]