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The People of Denendeh: Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories

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The People of Denendeh: Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories

June Helm, "The People of Denendeh: Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories"
2009 | pages: 415 | ISBN: 0773521453 | PDF | 39,2 mb

Helm begins with a broad-ranging, stimulating overview of the social organization of hunter-gatherer peoples of the world, past and present, that provides a background for all she has learned about the Dene. The chapters in part one focus on community and daily life among the Mackenzie Dene in the middle of the twentieth century. After two historical overview chapters, part two moves from the early years of the twentieth century to the earliest contacts between Dene and white culture, ending with a look at the momentous changes in Dene-government relations in the 1970s. Part three considers traditional Dene knowledge, meaning, and enjoyments, including a chapter on the Dogrib hand game. Throughout, Helm's encyclopedic knowledge combines with her personal interactions to create a collection that is unique in its breadth and intensity. The People of Denendeh will be of interest to those studying North American Indians, hunter-gatherers, and subarctic ethnohistory and provides a historical resource for the people of all ethnicities who live in Denendeh, Land of the Dene.

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