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Maps and Dreams: Indians and the British Columbia Frontier

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The Canadian subarctic is a world of forest, prairie, and muskeg; of rainbow trout, moose, and caribou; of Indian hunters and trappers. It is also a world of boomtowns and bars, oil rigs and seismic soundings; of white energy speculators, ranchers, and sports hunters. Brody came to this dual world with the job of "mapping" the lands of northwest British Columbia as well as ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Waveland Press (first published October 1981)
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U02awf2
Jan 13, 2011 U02awf2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Readable anthropological book
Scott
This was an enjoyable and eye-opening book. Brody is more than just an anthropologist; he is a skilled writer as well. This is among his earliest works, and I am told that his skill really took wings as he released subsequent books. His book, The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World is reputed to be really excellent; if he wrote this well early on, I'm convinced I want to read his highest-rated book as well. I have it on my "To Be Read" list.

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Malcolm
Oct 22, 2012 Malcolm rated it really liked it
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Two of the most potent stories we tell of colonialism are first that it destroyed first nations communities and second that it was ‘back then’: this book forcefully confronts and challenges both those stories while not denying the essential truth of the first or asserting the falsity of the second. Based on fieldwork in north east British Columbia in the late 1970s (and first published in 1981) this excellent book demonstrates both the extent of the contemporary assault on first nations in the ...more
Paul
Jan 22, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very moving examination of a way of life under threat from the continuing White settlement and commercial expansion and exploitation of natural resources in northeast British Columbia, Canada. Brody's insight is coloured by his 18 month sojourn with the First Nation bands of the area. The chapters alternate between his beautifully and respectfully written accounts of various key moments in the annual season, with relevant essays exploring in some detail the different aspects of the historic ...more
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Mar 28, 2016 Luce Cronin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very disturbing read about traditional life ways, industrialization, white would-be "sportsmen", pipelines and the ever-decreasing lands of aboriginal people in British Columbia. This sums it up: "The Indians' maps are in the way of the white men's dreams". Aboriginal people have always had and still have a viable traditional economy with hunting and trapping, and although Canada keeps talking about pluralism, multiculturalism it does not , in practice, have the room for another type of ...more
Leslie
Sep 14, 2007 Leslie rated it really liked it
This was a good read but not as broad in scope as Brody's other book. It was written earlier and is more of a specific case study than a big picture kind of book. Still, a good read.
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