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 152-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 Originally made to ease the nightmares of a child, the dream catcher is traced to its cultural roots among the Algonquian Nations.
Ojibwa: People of Forests and Prairies is a 160-page reference title about the Anishinaabe peoples. The author's approach is standard anthropological and historical but offers a wealth of colour images, maps, archival images, and references. The volume begins with an introduction to the languages, geography, and life prior to European contact. Historical contact period covers the War of 1812 and the signing of treaties between the people and the British, Americans, and Canadians.
An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began is the 2016 revised and expanded edition of the earlier title, I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Historian Arthur J. Ray offers the general reader an accessible overview of the history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada from pre-contact to the twenty-first century.
The Eighteenth-Century Wyandot: A Clan-Based Study by Humber College professor John L. Steckley examines the importance of clans to the study of the history and cultural traditions of the people known as Wyandot. The Wyandot were born of two Wendat peoples encountered by the French in the first half of the seventeenth century—the otherwise named Petun and Huron—and their history is fragmented by their dispersal between Quebec, Michigan, Kansas, and Oklahoma. This book weaves these fragmented histories together, with a focus on the mid-eighteenth century.
Gathering the Potawatomi Nation: Revitalization and Identity explores the recent invigoration of Potawatomi nationhood, looks at how marginalized communities adopt to social change, and reveals the critical role that culture plays in connecting the two. Author Christopher Wetzel's perspective on recent developments in the struggle for Indigenous sovereignty goes far beyond current political, legal, and economic explanations.
Surviving Desires: Making and Selling Native Jewellery in the American Southwest by anthropologist and curator Henrietta Lidchi is a visually stunning exploration of the symbolic, economic, and communal value of jewellery in the American Southwest. The author works in the National Museums Scotland and has examined British collecting, exchanges between British and American institutions, and the development of the British Museum’s contemporary collection.
A Longhouse Fragmented: Ohio Iroquois Autonomy in the Nineteenth Century is a historic ethnography of the Ohio Iroquois and, in particular, of the people known as the Seneca of Sandusky during the early nineteenth century. Using contemporary social theory and interdisciplinary methodologies, Brian Joseph Gilley tells the social history of the Indigenous peoples of Ohio before and during the sociopolitical buildup to removal.
Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs is an important collection of Inuit elder interviews about current naming and family traditions among the Inuit communities of Baffin Region, Nunavut. Four elders explain that Inuit do not call each other by their given names. Instead, they refer to each other using a system of kinship and family terms, known as tuq&urausiit (turk-thlo-raw-seet). Calling each other by kinship terms is a way to show respect and foster closeness within families. Children were named after their elders and ancestors, ensuring a long and healthy life.
Tuniit: Mysterious Folk of the Arctic introduces elementary-level readers to the huge, shy, powerful, ingenious race of Tuniit, the people who populated the Arctic even before the Inuit. The book describes the great impact these former giants of the Arctic had on some of the most well-known and practical aspects of Arctic life. By presenting the factual basis for many of the Inuit traditional beliefs about the Tuniit, this book provides readers with a blend of anthropology, history, and traditional knowledge.
Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States by Kahnawake Mohawk scholar Audra Simpson is a welcome addition to the recently released books by Ongwehowe thinkers. Audra Simpson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropology. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Fulbright, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Dartmouth College, the American Anthropological Association, Cornell University and the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, NM).