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Strangers Devour the Land
First published in 1974, Strangers Devour the Land is recognized as the magnum opus among the numerous books, articles, and films produced by Boyce Richardson over two decades on the subject of indigenous people. Its subject, the long struggle of the Crees of James Bay in northern Quebec--a hunting and trapping people--to defend the territories they have occupied since tim ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
(first published January 1st 1976)
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I really enjoyed this and took my time reading it to absorb as much as possible. Some of the writing style is irritating-- the back and forth quoting of the James Bay courtroom transcripts-- but overall, it's a great and expressive document of the lives of Cree folks continuing the traditions they've followed for thousands of years. It gives a far better and more detailed account of the centrality of "the land" to Crees than anything else I've come across, and underlines the importance of being ...more
I haven't even finished this book, but I'm reviewing it because my impression of it won't change. This book is an intimate look into the life of the Cree people of the James Bay area in 1971, and how their lives are affected by the colonisation of their land. It is another sad chapter in the oppression of Canada's indigenous peoples, which reads just like any headline today. It is enraging that this continues.