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Gathering Places

Aboriginal and Fur Trade Histories

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Gathering Places

Aboriginal and Fur Trade Histories

British traders and Ojibwe hunters. Cree women and their metis daughters. These people and their complex identities were not featured in history writing until the 1970s, when scholars from multiple disciplines began to bring new perspectives to bear on the past. Gathering Places presents some of the most innovative approaches to metis, fur trade, and First Nations history being practised today. By drawing on archaeological, material, oral, and ethnographic evidence and exploring personal approaches to history and scholarship, the authors depart from the old paradigm of history writing and offer new models for recovering Aboriginal and cross-cultural experiences and perspectives.

344 pages

Table of Contents


1 Introduction: Complex Subjectivities, Multiple Ways of Knowing / Laura Peers and Carolyn Podruchny

Part 1: Using Material Culture

2 Putting Up Poles: Power, Navigation, and Cultural Mixing in the Fur Trade / Carolyn Podruchny, Frederic W. Gleach, and Roger Roulette

3 Dressing for the Homeward Journey: Western Anishinaabe Leadership Roles Viewed through Two Nineteenth-Century Burials / Cory Willmott and Kevin Brownlee

Part 2: Using Documents

4 Anishinaabe Toodaims: Contexts for Politics, Kinship, and Identity in the Eastern Great Lakes / Heidi Bohaker

5 The Contours of Everyday Life: Food and Identity in the Plateau Fur Trade / Elizabeth Vibert

6 “Make it last forever as it is”: John McDonald of Garth’s Vision of a Native Kingdom in the Northwest / Germaine Warkentin

Part 3: Ways of Knowing

7 Being and Becoming Métis: A Personal Reflection / Heather Devine

8 Historical Research and the Place of Oral History: Conversations from Berens River / Susan Elaine Gray

Part 4: Ways of Representing

9 Border Identities: Métis, Halfbreed, and Mixed-Blood / Theresa Schenck

10 Edward Ahenakew’s Tutelage by Paul Wallace: Reluctant Scholarship, Inadvertent Preservation / David R. Miller

11 Aboriginal History and Historic Sites: The Shifting Ground / Laura Peers and Robert Coutts

Afterword: Aaniskotaapaan – Generations and Successions / Jennifer S.H. Brown



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