Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

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

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

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

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Peter Kulchyski, Like the Sound of a Drum: Aboriginal Cultural Politics in Denendeh and Nunavut (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2005), 312pp. Paper. $26.95. ISBN 0-88755-686-8.

This book ranges over two very different political units, namely the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. (The use of the name Denendeh will signify to the reader where the author's sympathies lie!) It is not always clear from where the book derives its coherence. Basically what coherence there is comes from the author's considerable fieldwork experience in the North, his intimate knowledge of the landscape, and his personal acquaintance with influential indigenous elders. Essentially this is an academic travel book that reveals reminiscences, reflections, and political and sociological insights that the author wishes to share with the southern reader. We are given a 'Cook's tour' of the three northern communities of Fort Simpson (NWT), Fort Good Hope (NWT) and Pangnirtung (NU). The author has studied these villages in some depth during his career in the North. What we get here are not the research methodologies and research findings of a formal report, but rather a chatty account that is part blow-by-blow and part reminiscence. …

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