Hunters and Bureaucrats: Power, Knowledge, and by Paul Nadasdy PDF

By Paul Nadasdy

ISBN-10: 0774809833

ISBN-13: 9780774809832

Winner of the Julian Steward Award

Based on 3 years of ethnographic study within the Yukon, this publication examines modern efforts to restructure the connection among aboriginal peoples and the nation in Canada. even though it is generally held that land claims and co-management--two of the main obvious and celebrated components of this restructuring--will aid opposite centuries of inequity, this booklet demanding situations this traditional knowledge, arguing that land claims and co-management could be much less empowering for First state peoples than is frequently intended. The e-book examines the advanced courting among the folks of Kluane First kingdom, the land and animals, and the kingdom. It exhibits that Kluane human-animal kinfolk are no less than in part incompatible with Euro-Canadian notions of "property" and "knowledge." but, those strategies shape the conceptual foundation for land claims and co-management, respectively. consequently, those strategies unavoidably turn out taking for granted--and so assisting to reproduce--existing energy family. First country peoples' participation in land declare negotiations and co-management have compelled them--at least in a few contexts--to undertake Euro-Canadian views towards the land and animals. they've been pressured to advance bureaucratic infrastructures for interfacing with the country, and so they have needed to turn into bureaucrats themselves, studying to talk and act in uncharacteristic methods. hence, land claims and co-management have helped undermine the very lifestyle they're speculated to be protecting.

This e-book speaks to serious concerns in modern anthropology, First international locations legislation, and source administration. It strikes past traditional versions of colonialism, within which the country is handled as a monolithic entity, and as an alternative explores how "state energy" is reproduced via daily bureaucratic practices--including struggles over the construction and use of data. The booklet may be of curiosity to anthropologists and others learning the character of aboriginal-state kinfolk in Canada and in other places, in addition to these attracted to constructing an "ethnography of the state."

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We cannot hope to understand Aboriginal-state relations in the Kluane region without taking into account Kluane people’s own approach to and interpretations of their interactions with the various agents and processes of the state. Second, as I discussed in the introduction, the standard narrative of colonial domination also fails to take into account the complex nature of the modern nation-state itself. The state is a complex yet loosely interrelated set of institutions and processes with many different – and often contradictory – interests and agendas (as, indeed, is the Kluane First Nation, though on a somewhat smaller scale).

Some of these differences between Kluane people are signiWcant to the issues discussed in Hunters and Bureaucrats. One of these is the distinction Kluane people themselves draw between “bush Indians” (those who have spent a signiWcant part of their life on the land) and “city Indians” (those who have spent their lives in village, or even urban, settings, and who often have a considerable amount of formal education). As we shall see, this distinction is relevant to discussions of Kluane people’s involvement in both co-management (see Chapter 5) and land claims (see Chapter 6).

Skidoos eliminated the need for this activity, thus contributing to Kluane people’s increasing sedentarization (see below). At the same time, however, snowmobiles made it possible for Kluane people to maintain their annual subsistence round, albeit in modiWed form. As they gave up their nomadic way of life and began to settle more permanently in Burwash Landing, they needed to go further and further from the village to hunt. The speed of the snowmobile allowed them to continue to make use of widely scattered Wsh and animal populations as they become available over the course of the year.

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