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By Paul Nadasdy

Winner of the Julian Steward Award

Based on 3 years of ethnographic study within the Yukon, this publication examines modern efforts to restructure the connection among aboriginal peoples and the country in Canada. even though it is commonly held that land claims and co-management--two of the main seen and celebrated components of this restructuring--will support opposite centuries of inequity, this e-book demanding situations this traditional knowledge, arguing that land claims and co-management might be much less empowering for First kingdom peoples than is frequently intended. The e-book examines the advanced courting among the folk of Kluane First country, the land and animals, and the country. It indicates that Kluane human-animal family are no less than partly incompatible with Euro-Canadian notions of "property" and "knowledge." but, those ideas shape the conceptual foundation for land claims and co-management, respectively. for this reason, those approaches inevitably turn out taking for granted--and so aiding to reproduce--existing strength family. First country peoples' participation in land declare negotiations and co-management have compelled them--at least in a few contexts--to undertake Euro-Canadian views towards the land and animals. they've been pressured to boost bureaucratic infrastructures for interfacing with the nation, and so they have needed to turn into bureaucrats themselves, studying to talk and act in uncharacteristic methods. hence, land claims and co-management have helped undermine the very lifestyle they're presupposed to be protecting.

This publication speaks to serious matters in modern anthropology, First countries legislation, and source administration. It strikes past traditional versions of colonialism, within which the nation is handled as a monolithic entity, and as a substitute explores how "state energy" is reproduced via daily bureaucratic practices--including struggles over the construction and use of information. The e-book might be of curiosity to anthropologists and others learning the character of aboriginal-state kin in Canada and in different places, in addition to these attracted to constructing an "ethnography of the state."

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At one point early on, a skidoo could be purchased for less than a trapper earned by selling a single lynx pelt. All this changed, however, when the bottom fell out of the fur market. Previously, trappers had been able to weather periods of low fur prices at least partially because dog teams, which they supported completely off the land, required little or no money to maintain. Use of skidoos, however, increased people’s dependence on money. When fur prices dropped, gasoline and spare parts became prohibitively expensive.

They share many common understandings about the world and their place in it, including their relationship to the land and animals. All are members of either the Ägunda (Wolf) or Khanjet (Crow) moiety, and recognize a common bond with fellow moiety-members from other villages and First Nations. Though of less importance than in the past, moiety afWliation continues to be important in certain contexts, most notably at potlatches. Although the majority of Burwash’s population now has Indian status, this was not always the case.

The distinction between these terms is not a local one, but I make it because there are times when I wish to speak generally about the people with whom I lived and worked without making statements about their relatives who live elsewhere and whom I never met. At other times (especially in Chapter 6, when I examine land claims), I wish to speak about members of the Kluane First Nation inclusively. Unlike the term “Kluane people,” which is fairly loose (as I use it), membership in the Kluane First Nation is clearly and legally deWned, and it is accompanied by speciWc rights and beneWts (those currently spelled out under the Indian Act and those that will replace them when and if KFN ratiWes a land claims agreement).

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