Like the Sound of a Drum: Aboriginal Cultural Politics in Denendeh and Nunavut

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Univ. of Manitoba Press, 2005 - Political Science - 305 pages
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An epochal tragedy is taking place in our time with the totalitarian destruction of Aboriginal cultures. In the face of overwhelming odds, Aboriginal communities have shown remarkable resources for creative resistance. In the process, they are challenging the concept of democracy as it is practised in Canada.
In "Like the Sound of a Drum, "Peter Kulchyski brings new primary research and contemporary political theory to the study of Aboriginal politics in Denendeh and Nunavut. Part ethnography, part theory, part narrative, Kulchyski uses first-hand interviews and stories from the Dene communities of Fort Simpson and Fort Good Hope in the Northwest Territories and the Inuit community of Pangnirtung (Panniqtuuq), Nunavut, to draw out the strengths of local cultures and their strategies for resistance to the imposed political policies and structures of the State.

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Peter Kulchyski grew up in northern Manitoba and was one of the few non-Aboriginal students to attend a government-run residential high school. He has a PhD from York University and is a senior Canadian scholars in Native Studies. He is the co-editor of In the Words of the Elders: Aboriginal Cultures in Transition and co-author of Tammarniitt [Mistakes]: Inuit Relocation in the Eastern Arctic, which won the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

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