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Home Is the Hunter

The James Bay Cree and Their Land

Since 1970 in Quebec, there has been immense change for the Cree, who now live with the consequences of Quebec’s massive development of the North. Home Is the Hunter presents the historical, environmental, and cultural context from which this recent story grows. Hans Carlson shows how the Cree view their lands as their home, their garden, and their memory of themselves as a people. By investigating the Cree’s three hundred years of contact with outsiders, he illuminates the process of cultural negotiation at the foundation of ongoing political and environmental debates. This book offers a way of thinking about indigenous peoples’ struggles for rights and environmental justice in Canada and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Dignity and Power / Graeme Wynn


1 Introduction: Why James Bay?

2 Imagining the Land

3 Inland Engagement

4 Christians and Cree

5 Marginal Existences

6 Management and Moral Economy

7 Flooding the Garden

8 Conclusion: Journeys of Wellness, Walks of the Heart





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