Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors: Kahnawake Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native Nationalism is a groundbreaking book by Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, a Mohawk scholar from Kahnawake. He explains the recent rise of Mohawk nationalism and their view of sovereignty by exploring the history of Kahnawake and their political institutions both traditional and contemporary. Mohawk interaction with the state is most often negative and the results are seen in the 1990 "Oka crisis". The book is based on the author's Ph.D. dissertation and the introductory chapter is devoted to political theory.
The Last Raven and Other Stories by Six Nations Mohawk writer Richard G. Green masterfully brings alive the struggles, adversities and triumphs common to contemporary urban/reserve Native North American Indians in Canada and the U.S. This collection of twelve short stories was selected from the author's extensive literary output. Green's stories have appeared exclusively in Native publications and literary anthologies. The Last Raven and Other Stories features a variety of characters ranging from adolescents to 30 something urban yuppies.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher But Life is Changing volume 1 is a collection of personal experience accounts by five Cree elders from the Omushkegowuk area of northern Ontario. The Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre recorded these oral histories from 1977 to 1993. The original audiotape recordings were translated from Cree into syllabics and later translated into English. The stories are a valuable collection because they provide an insight into Cree lifestyle and worldview. The Cree refer to these stories as advice texts.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Contemporary Native American Architecture: Cultural Regeneration and Creativity is a unique reference text about Native American architecture. The author explores the subject by examining the historical and legal background to the recent cultural revitalization movement among Native Americans. The main focus is public buildings such as schools, clinics, administration offices, museums and casinos. Public housing on reservations is also documented.
OUT OF PRINT That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community is an exploration of Native literature from 1768 to the mid-1990s using the importance of community as the starting point for analysis. The author has coined the term "communitism" to reflect the passionate activism of Native writers to their communities. He believes that Native literature produced in Canada and the United States deserves study as literature separate from the national literatures both countries.
OUT OF PRINT Unjust Relations: Aboriginal Rights in Canadian Courts is a collection of eight Supreme Court decisions concerning Aboriginal Rights. The edited judgement has a brief introduction that places the decision in context. The cases begin with the St. Catherine's Milling decision from 1888 and end with Sparrow from 1990. Taken together these cases (RE: Eskimos, Calder, Drybones, Lavell/Bedard, Sioui, and Guerin) show how Aboriginal Rights have been defined according to Canadian law. Recommended for Native Studies courses dealing with the legal aspect of Aboriginal Rights.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher A Language of Our Own: The Genesis of Michif, the Mixed Cree-French Language of the Canadian Metis is a groundbreaking linguistic study of a truly unique language. Michif is spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and the Cree and Ojibwe of western Canada and the northern United States. Michif uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs making it an "impossible language" with two sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical research and fieldwork data to present the first detailed analysis of Michif.
Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times is the revised edition of Olive Dickason's highly acclaimed history of First Nations told from the Native perspective. This Metis historian uses an interdisciplinary approach to tell the story of Aboriginal People in what became Canada. She describes the richness, variety and complexity of 57 founding First Nations. The coming of Europeans and the impact on the traditional societies are described and analyzed.
The 'Nations Within': Aboriginal-State Relations in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand is a comparative study about Aboriginal Peoples in three countries and their relations with European colonizers. Each 'Nation within' shares a similar position in their respective countries and each group of Aboriginal People seeks the common goal of restoring their unique status. To achieve their goals, the authors suggest that a massive restructuring of relations between Aboriginal People and the state is necessary.