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Maps and Dreams by Hugh Brody

Maps and Dreams (original 1981; edition 1982)

by Hugh Brody

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Title:Maps and Dreams
Authors:Hugh Brody
Info:Pantheon Books (1982), Hardcover, 297 pages
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Maps and Dreams: Indians and the British Columbia Frontier by Hugh Brody (1981)



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Brody is that particular breed of anthropologist who deserves special mention for the respect he shows to the people whose story he tells. This is an excellent account of indigenous people living in their traditional, and in the modern world. The particular trigger for this study was the imminent construction of a oil/gas pipeline through their traditional hunting territories in Canada's West. In undertaking this work Brody unfolds the question of what is a viable hunting territory, and how the indigenous peoples manage their land alongside modern urban hunters. At the same time there is a profound insight into the dynamics of the groups he lived and hunted with. This is a raw account of the destruction of indigenous culture and ways of life, but it's also a testiment to the resilience of that culture. ( )
  nandadevi | Aug 14, 2015 |
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 betrayals and increasing pressures and restrictions on the Indians' way of living on their own land.

An early chapter retells a hunting trip to the Bluestone area. The dreams of the hunters play their part in guiding the itinerary, and the soul of these men and women is conveyed to the reader with considerable art and delicacy by Hugh Brody.

Occasionally becomes a touch dry with some of the extensive detail covering the Indian economy , but on the whole the book is very informative and written with passion and sensitivity for the subject. I now plan on reading Brody's 'The Other Side Of Eden'. ( )
  Polaris- | Jan 26, 2011 |
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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 the way of life of a small group of Beaver Indians with a viable hunting economy living in the path of a projected oil pipeline. The result is Maps and Dreams, Brody's account of his extraordinary eighteen-month journey through the world of a people who have no intention of vanishing into the past. In this beautifully written book, readers go on a moose hunt; trap beaver; mourn at a funeral; drink in white bars; visit camps, cabins, and traplines by pickup truck, on horseback, and on foot. Brody's powerful commentary also retraces the history of the ever-expanding white frontier from the first eighteenth-century explorer to the wildest corporate energy dreams of the present day. In the process, readers see how Indian dreams and white dreams, Indians maps and white maps, collide.

Titles of related interest available from Waveland Press: Balikci, The Netsilik Eskimo (ISBN 9780881334357); Jarvenpa, Northern Passage: Ethnography and Apprenticeship among the Subarctic Dene (ISBN 9780881339901); Kawagley, A Yupiaq Worldview: A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit, Second Edition (ISBN 9781577663843); and Ziker, Peoples of the Tundra: Northern Siberians in the Post-Communist Transition (ISBN 9781577662129).

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