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Ethnoarchaeological and Cultural Frontiers

Athapaskan, Algonquian and European Adaptations in the Central Subarctic


Hetty Jo Brumbach and Robert Jarvenpa

A novel blend of ethnoarchaeology, ecological-economic anthropology, and interethnic analysis distinguishes this book. Drawing upon years of field research, the authors integrate both Indian and European views of the past as well as ethnographic and archaeological visions of reality for the Chipewyan, Cree and Métis peoples. How these societies adapted to the subarctic environment of north-central Canada, to a maturing and declining fur market economy, and to each other in recent history is imaginatively revealed. The result is a compelling picture of the cultural and behavioral interface of hunters, laborers and traders during the twilight of the northern fur trade.
Contents: Two anthropologists develop an ethnoarchaeological approach for understanding differential cultural-ecological adaptations in central subarctic Canada. Chipewyan, Cree, Métis and EuroCanadian life and livelihood are revealed.