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Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands

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Book Series: The West Unbound:Social and Cultural Studies ISSN: 1915819X ISBN: 9781897425824 9781897425831 9781926836324 Year: Pages: 433 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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Recollecting is a rich collection of essays that illuminates the lives of late-eighteenth-century to mid-twentieth-century Aboriginal women, who have been overlooked in sweeping narratives of the history of the West. Some essays focus on individuals—a trader, a performer, a non-human woman. Other essays examine cohorts of women—wives, midwives, seamstresses, nuns. Authors look beyond the documentary record and standard representations of women, drawing on records generated by the women themselves, including their beadwork, other material culture, and oral histories. Exploring the constraints and boundaries these women encountered, the authors engage with difficult and important questions of gender, race, and identity. Collectively these essays demonstrate the complexity of "contact zone" interactions, and they enrich and challenge dominant narratives about histories of the Canadian Northwest.

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