Collection of articles and biographical profiles that celebrate the various areas of contributions First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples make to Canada's history, culture and identity. The editors selected scholars, public servants, and university students to contribute overview essays and 500-word biographical profiles of 25 influential Aboriginal People. The 23 essays are organized into the following fields of study: treaties, arts and media, literature, justice, culture and identity, sports and the military.
Collection of 12 scholarly essays about the historical context of tradition and its meaning for the study of intellectual history and the study of culture. The first two essays cover issues raised by museum appropriation and repatriation of Indigenous Peoples' cultural property in Canada. Ruth B. Phillips explores museums in Canada and the US and how they are dealing with Haudenosaunee concerns about public display and handing of medicine masks in museum exhibitions and collections. Her article is Disappearing Acts: Traditions of Exposure, Traditions of Enclosure, and Iroquois Masks.
Christian missions and missionaries have had a distinctive role in Canada's cultural history. With Canadian Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples, Alvyn Austin and Jamie S. Scott have brought together new and established Canadian scholars to examine the encounters between Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant) missionaries and the Indigenous peoples with whom they worked in nineteenth- and twentieth-century domestic and overseas missions. This tightly integrated collection is divided into three sections.
Collection of articles and biographical profiles that celebrate the various areas of contributions First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples make to Canada's history, culture and identity. The editors selected scholars, public servants, and university students to contribute overview essays and 500-word biographical profiles of 25 influential Aboriginal People. The 23 essays are organized into the following fields of study: treaties, arts and media, literature, justice, culture and identity, sports and the military. The paper edition of Hidden in Plain Sight is currently available.
Embraced with zeal by a wide array of activists and policymakers, the restorative justice movement has made promises to reduce the disproportionate rates of Aboriginal involvement in crime and the criminal justice system and to offer a healing model suitable to Aboriginal communities. Such promises should be the focus of considerable critical analysis and evaluation, yet this kind of scrutiny has largely been absent. Will the Circle be Unbroken? explores and confronts the potential and pitfalls of restorative justice, offering a much-needed critical perspective.
In Fighting Firewater Fictions, Richard W Thatcher describes and explains the emergence and perpetuation of the firewater complex, the cultural construct of an informally sanctioned, destructive, binge-drinking norm in First Nations reserve communities. The complex has reified alcoholism as an inevitability in the First Nations an approach that has resulted in essential aspects of collective and personal responsibility being vacated in favour of therapeutic interventions assisted by social personnel of questionable expertise.
In Common and Contested Ground: A Human and Environmental History of the Northwestern Plains, Theodore Binnema provides a sweeping and innovative interpretation of the history of the northwestern plains and its peoples from prehistoric times to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The real history of the northwestern plains between a.d. 200 and 1806 was far more complex, nuanced, and paradoxical than often imagined.
Revenge of the Windigo: The Construction of the Mind and Mental Health of North American Aboriginal Peoples by medical anthropologist James Waldram examines the tangled web of theory, method, and data rife with conceptual problems, shaky assumptions, and inappropriate generalizations about the nature of Aboriginal mental health issues. This highly articulate work is about the knowledge of Aboriginal mental health: who generates it; how it is generated and communicated; and what has been - and continues to be - its implications for Aboriginal peoples.
Enough to Keep Them Alive: Indian Welfare in Canada, 1873-1965 explores the history of the development and administration of social assistance policies on First Nations reserves in Canada from confederation to the modern period, demonstrating a continuity of policy with roots in the pre-confederation practices of fur trading companies. Far from being a measure of progress or humanitarian aid, First Nations welfare policy in Canada was used deliberately to oppress and marginalize First Nations peoples and to foster their assimilation into the dominant society.