Pictures Bring Us Messages (Sinaakssiiksi aohtsimaahpihkookiyaawa): Photographs and Histories from the Kainai Nation is a recent book that contributes to the growing literature about the nature of academic research and how this relates to Indigenous People. This text explores the work of a British woman, Beatrice Blackwood, who took 33 photographs of Kainai people on the Blood Reserve in Alberta during her two-day visit in August 1925. Blackwood was on a two-year study of racial differences and cultural change in North America.
In 1985 and 1986, ninety-year-old Witsuwit'en Chief, Maxlaxlex, Johnny David, was the first Witsuwit'en to give Commission Evidence in the Delgamuukw land claims case in which the Witsuwit'en and Gitxsan of Northern British Columbia were battling for title to their traditional territories. Hang on to These Words presents the actual transcripts of the questions and answers between lawyers working on both sides and this knowledgeable and outspoken Native elder who spoke in his own language and whose words were then translated by an interpreter into English.
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.