Encounters: An Anthropological History of Southeastern Labrador
Part anthropological history, part informed critique, Encounters examines the relations between the people of southeastern Labrador and the many visitors who have come to fish, heal the sick, and extract the region's resources. John Kennedy presents the latest archaeological, genealogical, and ethno-historical research that changes scholarly understandings of southeastern Labrador. Departing from the conventional view that coastal Labrador has distinct Inuit and non-Inuit regions, he argues that the coast should be viewed as a continuum of "Inuitness." Encounters unravels the social implications of the region's complex mercantile fishery, describes how twentieth-century military and resource development have impacted Labrador's seasonal economy, and suggests that Newfoundland continues to use Labrador as a colony. Kennedy uses field research he conducted in 2013 to describe the origins, current economies, and future challenges of the region's tiny villages. Although he is a strong supporter of Aboriginal land claims, Kennedy explores the impact of identity politics in the region, showing how land claims based solely on geography can unintentionally create inequities. Drawing on decades of field and archival research, Kennedy demonstrates how Aboriginal politics are transforming society in southeastern Labrador, empowering local people to overcome the stigmas of history and finally acknowledge their Inuit ancestry.
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1 Environment Prehistory and European Exploitation to 1763
2 Labrador Merchants
3 Captain George Cartwright
4 Visiting Fishers
5 Early Settlement
6 Survival in the Bays and on the Headlands
7 The State
8 The Modern Herring Whaling and Trapping Industries
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Aboriginal American Andrew Pinson Arthur Hunt Baine Johnston Battle Harbour Belle Isle Black Tickle boat British Canada Canadian Cape Charles Cartwright 1792 century chapter Chateau Bay claimed Coghlan Company company’s Cove crab crews Darby described early encounters Esquimaux Bay European families fish fishery Fox Harbour French Goose Bay Gosling Grenfell Handcock Hawke Harbour Henley Harbour Hunt Ibid Indian Innu Inuit-Métis John Noble kilometres Labrador coast Lake Melville land later Lethbridge living locals Mary’s Harbour merchants Métis mission Moravian moved Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland government Noble and Pinson Norman Bay northern Labrador Nunatsiavut Palliser Paradise River Pinsent Pitts Arm Port Hope Simpson Quebec rador region resettlement residents Rollmann salmon Sandwich Bay Seal Islands seasonal settlement settlers ship Slade southeastern Labrador Spotted Islands St John’s St Lewis stations Stopp Strait of Belle summer today’s trade trapping vessels visited whaling Whiteley William winter