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Gathering places; aboriginal and fur trade histories.


Gathering places; aboriginal and fur trade histories.

Ed. by Carolyn Podruchny and Laura Peers.

U. of British Columbia Press


324 pages




These essays on First Nations/Aboriginal/Indian history of Eastern Canada are in honor of and inspired by the work of Jennifer S.H. Brown of Winnipeg University. Podruchny (history, York University) and Peers, curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, stress the interdisciplinary approaches made by the authors. This is evident in the subject matter and in the sources used. Archaeology, anthropology, geography, history and oral tradition are seamlessly blended. Topics include food and identity, relations with fur traders, constructing a multi-racial identity, relations with the British and the lovely pipe dream of a Scot who wanted the Western half of Canada to remain an Indian nation. Some of the scholars draw on their own family experiences and all of them are aware of the intrusion of the observer into the interpretation. As well as having an interesting subject, this book is a fine example of the recent trends in holistic history in which documents in archives are only a fraction of the evidence. Distributed by UTP Distribution.

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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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