Households and Families of the Longhouse Iroquois at Six Nations Reserve is the recently published anthropological study conducted during 1956-1958 by Merlin Myers (1923-91). As part of Syracuse University's Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians Series, the book brings the original research completed years earlier to the general reader. Myers studied the kinship (clans) relations, economics, and household organization among Longhouse families on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve.
Study of the art and cultural property of the Nuxalk (Bella Coola) of the Northwest Coast by cultural anthropology professor, Jennifer Kramer. She examines the contemporary art created by First Nations artists in this coastal community, the school art program and the use of art objects in the daily lives of community members. She looks at regalia, masks, songs and dances as well as issues surrounding First Nations cultural property. These issues include cultural appropriation, repatriation, ownership, law, identity, and self-government.
Collection of 15 scholarly essays about the history, politics and social life of the Inuit of Canada and Alaska written by anthropologists, geographers, social workers and social policy analysts. Topics include Elders and youth; time, space and memory; participatory anthropology in Nunavut; land claims, development and citizenship; trade; Inuit place names; Inuit social networks in an urban setting; Inuit geographical knowledge; housing; and cultural survival. Includes an extensive bibliography, index, photographs, and maps.
In New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, and Representations some of the leading scholars working in Native North America explore contemporary perspectives on Native culture, history, and representation. Written in honor of the anthropologist Raymond D. Fogelson, the volume charts the currents of contemporary scholarship while offering an invigorating challenge to researchers in the field. The essays employ a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and range widely across time and space.
Karl Kroeber reconsiders many incorrect anthropological beliefs about Native American traditional stories and legends. He presents samples of legends that are organized into chapters titled mythic imagining, human cultures, animal cultures, trickster-transformer orality, and myth as historical process. Each of the five chapters follows the same format with a selection of legends, commentary and notes. Although Kroeber insists on using the term, myth, he notes that there is no consensus about the meaning of the term.
Shamans through Time: 500 Years on the Path to Knowledge is a collection of 64 excerpts from writings about the nature and role of shamans in Indigenous cultures. This collection by Euro-western authors covers a 500 year time period from 1635 to 2000 and features excerpts from the writings of Claude Levi-Strauss, Franz Boas, Lafitau, Knud Rasmussen and others. The editors have also included the words of Carlos Castaneda and Black Elk.
Chief archaeologist and curator of ethnography at the Maine State Museum Bruce J. Bourque surveys the archaeological and ethnohistorical record to compile this overview of twelve thousand years of Native American culture and history in Maine. From the Paleo-Indian period to the present this scholarly but accessible work includes maps, photographs, and illustrations from archival sources that highlight the cultural traditions of the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations.
Oxford University professor of anthropology provides detailed anthropological analysis of anthropological theory surrounding kinship systems of Native Americans. Challenges the work of Claude Levi-Strauss and others in this work that examines Omaha kinship, descent systems and naming.
An examination of three contemporary systems of justice in Coast Salish communities in the United States and Canada provide a new perspective on the role legal anthropology plays in understanding the ways traditional laws confront contemporary justice issues. Taking the examples of Upper Skagit Justice in the United States and the Stó:lö Nation and the South Island Justice Project in Canada, Miller examines the inherent problems local communities face when attempting to design self-governing justice systems.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher The Canadian Sioux is an anthropological study of the Dakota of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, descendents of the Sioux who took refuge in Canada during the 1860s and 1870s. Based on the author's fieldwork undertaken during the 1970s on the eight reserves, the work describes the history and cultural traditions of the Dakota. Main focus is the ceremonial heritage from the Woodland and Plains cultures.