University of Alberta Press

Indigenous Studies


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    This heavily illustrated, full colour historical narrative is a testament to the past 11,000 years of Aboriginal history in Alberta. It conveys the many challenges that Aboriginal people confronted, and celebrates their enduring legacy. Berry and Brink explore grassroots political and cultural movements of the 1960s, contemporary self-government initiatives, and the ongoing reclamation of the Aboriginal voice.
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    "The overarching theme of this volume is that Canada's Aboriginal population has reached a critical stage of transition, from a situation in the past characterized by delayed modernization, extreme socio-economic deficit, and minimal control over their demography, to a point of social, political, economic, and demographic ascendancy." -from the Preface Experts from around the world review and extend the research on Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Australia, New Zealan... [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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    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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    "Traditional food production and food economies have changed drastically as a result of social, economic, and political influences. A decrease in subsistence production and consumption of country food and concomitant increase in imported and prepared food has brought increased health risks. But neither are country foods without risk, with impacts of contamination, climate, and cultural change. Contributions from a 5-year multi-disciplinary study examine the impacts of de... [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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    The essays in this collection explore the activities of two populations of displaced peoples that are seldom discussed together: Indigenous peoples and refugees or diasporic peoples around the world. Rather than focusing on victimhood, the authors focus on the creativity and agency of displaced peoples, thereby emphasizing capacity and resilience. Throughout their chapters, they show how cultural activities-from public performance to filmmaking to community arts-recur as sign... [READ MORE]
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    This oral autobiography of two remarkable Cree women tells their life stories against a backdrop of government discrimination, First Nations activism, and the resurgence of First Nations communities. Nellie Carlson and Kathleen Steinhauer, who helped to organize the Indian Rights for Indian Women movement in western Canada in the 1960s, fought the Canadian government's interpretation of treaty and Aboriginal rights, the Indian Act, and the male power structure in their own co... [READ MORE]
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    Describes the literature on critical/emancipatory and interpretive models for community empowerment, emphasizing information published since 1988, including case studies especially relevant to economic empowerment. Other annotations describe materials dealing with the role of the economy in community empowerment, self-sufficiency, and development. Economic development studies that enhance culture-specific values, traditions, and productive relationships are given special atte... [READ MORE]
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    In 1960s Regina, when racial discrimination often went unchallenged, and the education system needed visionary reform, Gloria Mehlmann struggled to embrace her Cree/Saulteaux identity and sustain her passion for learning and teaching. Critical but not cynical, Mehlmann's touching stories reveal the experiences and students that taught her to become one of Saskatchewan's guiding voices for education reform. While devotees of memoir will be transported by Mehlmann's humane stor... [READ MORE]
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    Healing Histories is the first detailed collection of Aboriginal perspectives on the history of tuberculosis in Canada's indigenous communities and on the federal government's Indian Health Services. Featuring oral accounts from patients, families, and workers who experienced Canada's Indian Hospital system, it presents a fresh perspective on health care history that includes the diverse voices and insights of the many people affected by tuberculosis and its treatment in the ... [READ MORE]
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    For more than 100 summers and time unknown before, native people have journeyed great distances to gather at a peaceful lake in north-central Alberta. It has been said the waters of Lac Ste. Anne have miraculous healing powers. Documentary photographer Steve Simon's compelling and evocative photographs combine with quotes from the people gathered at the lake to tell a powerful story of faith and hope.
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    Sarah Carter provides a detailed description of marriage as a diverse social institution in nineteenth-century Western Canada, and the subsequent ascendancy of Christian, lifelong, heterosexual, monogamous marriage as an instrument to implement dominant British-Canadian values. It took work to impose the monogamous model of marriage as the region was home to a varied population of Aboriginal people and newcomers such as the Mormons, each of whom had their own definitions of m... [READ MORE]
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    Between 1873 and 1932, Indian policy on the prairies was the responsibility of federal government appointees known as Indian Commissioners. Charged with incorporating Native society into the apparatus of the emergent state, these officials directed a complex configuration of measures that included treaties, the Indian Act, schools, agriculture, and to some degree, missionary activity. In this study, Brian Titley constructs critical biographical portraits of the six Indian Com... [READ MORE]
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    The traditional pursuit of whales by Eskimo hunters remains an area in which humans articulate directly with natural processes. This volume traces regional Native whaling practices from approximately 2,000 years to the present. Contributions center on three themes: variations in whaling, Yupik and Inupiat whaling traditions over time, and interactions with changing environmental conditions that include major climatic episodes as well as shorter fluctuations. Western Arctic Na... [READ MORE]
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    Inuit have been hunting polar bear for centuries and have built up a rich knowledge about their habitat and behaviour-a knowledge expressed in the oral history, Inuktitut vocabulary and cultural traditions- in Inuit Qaujimaningit, or IQ. The Hunters' and Trappers' Organization of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk and Cambridge Bay share concerns over the future viability of the polar bear population in the McClintock Channel Polar Bear Management Area and about the future integr... [READ MORE]
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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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    Contains variations of the Inuit legend of Keeveeok, in text and illustration. Baker Lake artist Victoria Mamnguqsualuk transforms these myths visually in a catalogue of 20 drawings, which 'read' like comic strips: characters are seen in a succession of acts. Includes French translation. Foreword by Charles Moore. Chapters by Charles Moore, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, and K.J. Butler
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    Contains variations of the Inuit legend of Keeveeok, in text and illustration. Baker Lake artist Victoria Mamnguqsualuk transforms these myths visually in a catalogue of 20 drawings, which 'read' like comic strips: characters are seen in a succession of acts. Includes French translation. Foreword by Charles Moore. Chapters by Charles Moore, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, and K.J. Butler
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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.