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Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands
Sarah Carter   Patricia A. McCormack  

$29.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/15/2011
ISBN: 978-1-897425-82-4    

432 Pages

Distributed for Athabasca University Press


About the Book

Recollecting is a rich collection of essays that illuminates the lives of late-eighteenth-century to mid-twentieth-century Aboriginal women, who have been overlooked in sweeping narratives of the history of the West.

Some essays focus on individuals--a trader, a performer, a non-human woman. Other essays examine cohorts of women--wives, midwives, seamstresses, nuns. Authors look beyond the documentary record and standard representations of women, drawing on records generated by the women themselves, including their beadwork, other material culture, and oral histories. Exploring the constraints and boundaries these women encountered, the authors engage with difficult and important questions of gender, race, and identity. Collectively these essays demonstrate the complexity of "contact zone" interactions, and they enrich and challenge dominant narratives about histories of the Canadian Northwest.

About the Author(s)

Sarah Carter is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in both the Department of History and Classics and the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Her most recent books are The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada and Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own.

Patricia McCormack is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on Aboriginal peoples of the northwestern Plains, northern Canada, and Scotland, in the contexts of the fur trade and the expansion of state. She has published extensively about Fort Chipewyan, including a new book to be published shortly by UBC Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations – vii
Acknowledgments – ix
Lifelines: Searching for Aboriginal Women of the Northwest and Borderlands – 5
Sarah Carter and Patricia A. McCormack

PART ONE: Transatlantic Connections
(1) Recovered Identities: Four Métis Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rupert’s Land – 29
Susan Berry

(2) Lost Women: Native Wives in Orkney and Lewis – 61
Patricia A. McCormack

(3) Christina Massan’s Beadwork and the Recovery of a Fur Trade Family History – 89
Alison K. Brown, with Christina Massan & Alison Grant

PART TWO: Cultural Mediators
(4) Repositioning the Missionary: Sara Riel, the Grey Nuns, and Aboriginal Women
in Catholic Missions of the Northwest – 115
Lesley Erickson

(5) The "Accomplished" Odille Quintal Morison: Tsimshian Cultural Intermediary
of Metlakatla, British Columbia – 135
Maureen L. Atkinson

(6) Obscured Obstetrics: Indigenous Midwives in Western Canada – 157
Kristin Burnett

PART THREE: In the Borderlands
(7) Sophie Morigeau: Free Trader, Free Woman – 175
Jean Barman

(8) The Montana Memories of Emma Minesinger: Windows on the Family, Work,
and Boundary Culture of a Borderlands Woman – 197
Sarah Carter

PART FOUR: The Spirit World
(9) Searching for Catherine Auger: The Forgotten Wife of the Wîhtikôw (Windigo) – 225
Nathan D. Carlson

(10) Pakwâciskwew: A Reacquaintance with Wilderness Woman – 245
Susan Elaine Gray

PART FIVE: Challenging and Crafting Representations
(11) Frances Nickawa: “A Gifted Interpreter of the Poetry of Her Race” – 263
Jennifer S.H. Brown

(12) Blazing Her Own Trail: Anahareo’s Rejection of Euro-Canadian Stereotypes – 287
Kristin L. Gleeson

Notes – 313
List of Contributors – 409
Index – 413


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Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
Women's Studies

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