University of Alberta Press

Circumpolar Research Series

New understandings of circumpolar situations and concerns

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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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    This book focuses upon the hunting of seals and whales in the North Atlantic region, and how the activities of urban-based environmentalism has prompted responses from diverse northern peoples associated with self-determination, human rights, and sustainable development. However, the relevance of an expanding environmentalism implicitly challenges the interests and very survival of local peoples and their distinctive cultures. An historical analysis of these hunting societies... [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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    The Nunavut Atlas resulted from a project that assisted the Inuit in selecting the lands they would retain with the settlement of the Nunavut claim. Each section contains an indexed map of the settlement area, maps illustrating and text describing land use and critical wildlife areas. The Atlas is an invaluable resource for land use planning, and for anyone wishing to better understand the age-old relationship between Inuit and the natural environment.
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    Storyteller and folklorist Kira Van Deusen presents 25 traditional folktales and legends (in English translation) from present-day Chukotka, where indigenous peoples are reclaiming their traditions and identity after years of assimilative forces of Soviet policy. The tales, retold in modern settings, convey values tellers admire and wish to pass on: the courage of persistence, wisdom and loyalty, the ability to find good in what appears evil, the maintenance of good relations... [READ MORE]
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    Focusing on the internal workings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the author explores the impact of political and economic imperatives on the production and interpretation of scientific research. Central to this work are the epistemological problems encountered in the production of 'truth', whereby scientific knowledge has made uncertainty a tool in the service of political objectives. Copublished: University of Washington Press
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    Whaling for food has been a part of Faroese life for the past thousand years. Late in the 20th century, this community-based activity came under enormous pressure from international animal rights and environmental organizations. With some 95% of the Faroese economy based on fisheries and fish products, this action clearly threatened the economic viability of the Faroes. This book examines the claims of the animal rights and environmental organizations and sets these against t... [READ MORE]
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    Examines the international management of whales and whaling, an area of intense controversy involving some of the most powerful nations in the world and issues of international law, rights, traditional and emerging values and morality, and the role of science in environmental management.
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    Northern Alberta has been homeland for Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years. Its post-contact history exemplifies themes common in Canadian history: the advent of the fur trade, the arrival of European missionaries, the expansion of the Canadian State, agricultural land development, and modern transportation and communication systems. The volume focuses on the archaeology, fur trade, economics, culture, and record of human settlement. Papers by: John W. Ives; Heinz W. ... [READ MORE]
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    Chronicles historical events and changes in Wood Buffalo National Park and the Peace-Athabasca Delta. The study was an important landmark in the long history of bison investigations, and came at a time when the future of the bison was again the subject of intense debate. This is the only in-depth study of a predator-prey system that once dominated the mid-section of the continent. The complexity of the modern management dilemma and the importance of thorough ecological invest... [READ MORE]