Dream Catchers: Legend, Lore, and Artifacts offers a unique perspective on the dream catcher, an item sold in airport souvenir stands, powwows, and novelty stores. Anthropologist Cath Oberholtzer traces the origins of this object that is most often found in Ojibwe culture and produces a 144-page coffee table book that explores in depth the meaning of this artifact. Originally made to ease the nightmares of a child, the dream catcher is traced to its cultural roots among the Algonquian Nations.
Settlement, Subsistence, and Change Among the Labrador Inuit: The Nunatsiavummiut Experience explores how these boundaries - around land, around people, and around the right to self-govern - reflect the complex history of the region, of Labrador Inuit identity, and the role of migration and settlement patterns in regional politics.
Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts by anthropologist Bruce Granville Miller breaks new ground by asking how oral histories might be incorporated into the existing court system. Through compelling analysis of Aboriginal, legal, and anthropological concepts of fact and evidence, Miller traces the long trajectory of oral history from community to court, and offers a sophisticated critique of the Crown's use of Aboriginal materials in key cases, including the watershed Delgamuukw trial.
Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview is a concise, thematic overview of the key issues facing Indigenous peoples in North America, from prehistory to the present. It integrates a culture area analysis within a thematic approach, covering archaeology, traditional lifeways, the colonial era, and contemporary Indigenous cultures. Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC.
The Maya is the eighth edition of the classic resource written by Michael D. Coe, professor of anthropology at Yale University. The book covers the major archaeological and anthropological understanding of the Mayan people from the birth of their civilization to the present day. This volume contains 189 illustrations and 20 colour images as well as a bibliography, and detailed index. This volume is intended for the general reader and anthropology students.
Hunters in the Barrens: The Naskapi on the Edge of the White Man's World by anthropologist Georg Hendricksen was first published in 1973. This 2010 edition contain a new foreword. The comprehensive study of the Naskapi Indians of Labrador is based on an anthropologist's life with them between 1966 and 1968, when families still followed the traditional pattern of hunting on the barrens during the winter and returning to their coastal settlements in the summer.
Collections and Objections: Aboriginal Material Culture in Southern Ontario by history professor Michelle Hamilton examines anthropological collecting in Ontario between 1791 and 1914. Whether by museum professionals, amateurs, scholars or First Nations, the collection of material culture artifacts and grave remains is marked by conflicting cultural ideals and worldviews. She studies the personalities involved in collecting including David Boyle, Chief A. G. Smith, Rev. Peter Jones, Dr. Peter E. Jones, Pauline Johnson, Dr. Peter Martin Oronhyatekha, and John Brant-Sero.
Contributions to Ojibwe Studies: Essays, 1934-1972 is a collection of 28 of the various essays by A. Irving Hallowell about the Ojibwe and Saulteaux of Manitoba. Hallowell was an anthropologist whose focus of study was the Berens River Ojibwe through the use of psychoanalysis with its psychiatric background, its concepts of individual psychodynamics and personality.
William Fenton: Selected Writings is a collection of anthropologist William Fenton's (1908 - 2005) classic articles about Iroquoian studies. Edited by fellow ethnologists William A Starna and Jack Campisi includes 11 essays; 5 book reviews; 4 obituaries of key Haudenosaunee informants; and 6 brief accounts of the annual Conference on Iroquois Research.
Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives is a collection of 12 essays originally presented during a 2007 symposium at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The participants comment on ethnography's influence on how Europeans represent colonized peoples; analyze curatorial practices; and consider tribal museums that focus on contesting and critiquing colonial views of American and Canadian history while serving the varied needs of the Indigenous communities.