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Far Off Metal River
Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic
Emilie Cameron  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 6/1/2015
ISBN: 9780774828840    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 2/1/2016
ISBN: 9780774828857    

296 Pages


About the Book

In 1771, Samuel Hearne, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, set off with a group of Dene guides to explore part of the Central Arctic. Twenty-four years later, Hearne's gruesome account of what has become known as the Bloody Falls massacre, an alleged attack by his guides on a camp of sleeping Inuit, was published.

In Far Off Metal River, author Emilie Cameron does not concern herself with whether the murders actually took place (as has been debated since 1795) but instead explores how Hearne's account of the massacre has shaped ongoing colonization and economic exploitation of the North.

As Cameron demonstrates, the Arctic has for centuries been treated like a blank page onto which a long line of explorers, missionaries, anthropologists, resource companies, and politicians have inscribed stories that serve their own interests. These stories have played a central role in shaping how the region's people have been, and continue to be, treated. They have also been used to justify opening the North to industrial resource extraction. Consequently, Qablunaat (non-Inuit, non-Indigenous people) have a responsibility to question their myths about the North, first by placing them within their proper historical, geographical, and social context and then by developing new understandings and new relationships that reflect the actual political, cultural, economic, environmental, and social landscapes of the contemporary Arctic.

About the Author(s)

Emilie Cameron is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University.

Table of Contents

Hivuniqhuut, Preface
A Note on Language and Spelling

1 Summer Stories
2 Ordering Violence
3 To Mourn
4 Copper Stories
5 Resistance Stories
6 Towards an Emerging Past
7 Ptarmigan Stories



"A brilliant and unsettling meditation on our relation to northern lands and peoples. Far Off Metal River teaches us to be responsible to the origins and purposes of our stories, to acknowledge their limits, and to see the North as full of stories that are not ours to know. A "must-read" in the face of renewed Canadian claims to Inuit lands and resources."
-- Bruce Braun, author of Intemperate Rainforest: Nature, Culture, and Power on Canada's West Coast

"In this engrossing and morally spirited book, Emilie Cameron examines Indigenous and newcomer understandings of the Canadian North through narratives of cultural exchange and colonial violence and their material consequences. Alert to how colonial stories about the Arctic maintain an insidious grip on the present, and why we ignore them at our peril, Far Off Metal River is a remarkable and ultimately hopeful work that will inspire debate at a variety of postcolonial sites about the complex links between place, power, memory, storytelling, and affect."
-- Daniel Clayton, author of Islands of Truth: The Imperial Fashioning of Vancouver Island

Sample Chapter

Sample Chapter [PDF]

Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
History > Canada
Northern Studies/Arctic Studies

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