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The Lubicon Lake Nation

The Lubicon Lake Nation: Indigenous Knowledge and Power

Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 208
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    The Lubicon Lake Nation
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    The Lubicon Lake Nationstrives, through a critique of historically-constructed colonial images, to analyze the Canadian government's actions vis-à-vis the rights of the Lubicon people.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8855-1
    Subjects: Anthropology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-x)
    Chief Tekarihoken

    The first time I heard of the Lubicon was in 1987, when I read about them in theSaturday Evening Post. I related to everything Chief Ominayak had to say about their land. I saw him as standing up for his people’s rights to the land and I remember feeling for them. Their contact with white people had been a very short time in comparison to the length of time that our people have had contact. I remember thinking it gave me more heart to see a leader standing up for his people and I thought some day in time...

  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-2)
  6. Introduction: Indigenous Knowledge – The Haudenosaunee and Lubicon
    (pp. 3-13)

    So many of our older people have influenced this work, the research, the analysis; it is a collective effort and therefore ownership of the work cannot be claimed by one person. Elders from Lubicon, Six Nations, and the western prairies have touched the thinking, the patterns, and the work in ways both big and small.

    With the passing of my mother, many of them contacted me. ‘It is time,’ they said. Then the word came from the Chief of the Lubicon as well. It had been six years since I last worked on rewriting my doctoral dissertation. Perhaps the subtle...

  7. 1 The ‘Official Colonial’ Lubicon History
    (pp. 14-78)

    The Lubicon Cree are a hunting society in northern Alberta. For centuries – as far back as the Elders can say – they have lived around Lubicon Lake, hunting and trapping within a seventy-mile radius. According to James Smith (1987), the Lubicon and other Cree groups lived in the western territories long before the fur trade opened. Smith analysed the empirical, historical, ethnological, and linguistic data and found that the ‘elders of the Lubicon Lake Band of bush Cree (saka*wiyiniwak), now at Little Buffalo Lake, Alberta, insist that they and their ancestors have always been in the region east of the Peace...

  8. 2 Voices from the Lubicon
    (pp. 79-120)

    The young men stood in a small circle holding their hand drums and began to sing. The older men rose, reaching out to hold hands with one another, and began to dance clockwise, lifting their feet rhythmically to the sound of the drum. The women and children joined the circle as an unbroken chain moved into the morning. The Elders we had assembled for the Roundhouse and gathering were from many nations, including the Cree, the Iroquois, and the Tlinkit. All had travelled long distances to Little Buffalo, an isolated community in northern Alberta, to pray for the Lubicon people....

  9. 3 The Lubicon Lake Nation Women
    (pp. 121-152)

    All too often, Aboriginal women are excluded from the anthropological literature on the basis of gender. They often have a lot to say, yet they are rarely asked. Male researchers often write that they consider it inappropriate to interact with women; that is the rationale they offer for excluding their experiences. At most, these men provide a footnote or two about their observations on women’s work roles, and leave it at that. It is my belief that if you include only one gender, your research is severely faulty or sexist. Aboriginal women have a multidude of experiences that men do...

  10. 4 Echoes from the Future and the Faces Yet to Come
    (pp. 153-172)

    Is it possible or even worthwhile to present Indigenous Knowledge to those who have always denied us our rightful place in our own homelands? It seems insanely paradoxical to have to prove to the oppressor that he is oppressing you! This book has attempted to bring a truth of ours to you.

    The story of the Lubicon is filled with contradictions, extreme polarizations of existing First Nations realities, opposing truths in constant tension. The examples are numerous and varied. For example, the Minister of Indian Affairs, Bill McKnight, was responsible for settling the Lubicon land claim, yet at the same...

  11. References
    (pp. 173-178)
  12. Index
    (pp. 179-182)