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Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Cities: Transformations and Continuities (Indigenous Studies)


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Since the 1970s, Aboriginal people have been more likely to live in Canadian cities than on reserves or in rural areas. Aboriginal rural-to-urban migration and the development of urban Aboriginal communities represent one of the most significant shifts in the histories and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The essays in Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Cities: Transformations and Continuities are from contributors directly engaged in urban Aboriginal communities; they draw on extensive ethnographic research on and by Aboriginal people and their own lived experiences.

The interdisciplinary studies of urban Aboriginal community and identity collected in this volume offer narratives of unique experiences and aspects of urban Aboriginal life. They provide innovative perspectives on cultural transformation and continuity and demonstrate how comparative examinations of the diversity within and across urban Aboriginal experiences contribute to broader understandings of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state and to theoretical debates about power dynamics in the production of community and in processes of identity formation.

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This work presents interdisciplinary perspectives from academics and community practitioners, junior and senior researchers, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars working in the fields of anthropology, Native studies, and Canadian studies. They investigate issues of identity, cultural transformation, and continuity among Aboriginal people who migrate from rural to urban areas in Canada. Some chapter topics include nomadic legacies and contemporary decision-making strategies, building community among the Papaschase Band in Edmonton, and the transformation of Inuit identities and community in Ottawa. First Nations hip hop, urban Aboriginal gangs, and Plains Indian ways to inter-tribal cultural healing in Vancouver are some other areas explored. Howard teaches anthropology at Michigan State University. Proulx teaches anthropology at St. Thomas University, New Brunswick. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Howard, Heather A
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Howard, Heather A.
Proulx, Craig
Howard, Heather A.
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Native American-General Native American Studies
Indigenous Studies
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