Indigenous

#106 Devastation beyond germs

Beyond Germs: Native Depopulation in North America Catherine M. Cameron, Paul Kelton, and Alan C. Swedlund (editors) Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2015 U.S. $29.95  /  9780816535545 Reviewed by Jody Decker First published March 18, 2017 * As a follow-up to Courtney Kirk’s review of Tom Swanky’s controversial The Smallpox War in Nuxalk Territory [See…
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#92 Of salmon, herring and abalone

First published Feb. 22, 2017 REVIEW: People of the Saltwater: An Ethnography of Git lax m’oon by Charles R. Menzies Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. US $45 / 978-0-8032-8808-9 Reviewed by Robert Muckle * A pinch of sea salt goes with the territory… In People of the Saltwater, UBC anthropologist Charles Menzies provides an…
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#73 North West Company on the Pacific

The Fur Trade Gamble: North West Company on the Pacific Slope, 1800-1820 by Lloyd Keith and John C. Jackson Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 2016 US $27.95 / 9780874223408 Reviewed by Jamie Morton First published Jan. 15, 2017 * Although often addressed over the last two centuries, the story of the early expansion of…
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#20 Master orator Charlie Yahey

First Published: September 24th, 2016 Arts of the Dreamer: Dane-zaa Communities Remember Charlie Yahey by Robin Ridington First Nations literature, as indeed all literature, begins with oral narrative.  Writing has never entirely replaced orality as a narrative genre, even in cultures that have produced written documents for millenia.  For many First Nations, oral literature continues…
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