The Children of Aataentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660

The Children of Aataentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660

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By (author) Bruce G. Trigger

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  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 960 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 48mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1987
  • Publication City/Country: Montreal
  • ISBN 10: 0773506276
  • ISBN 13: 9780773506275
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 51ill.37M.
  • Sales rank: 1,627,456

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Trigger's work integrates insights from archaeology, history, ethnology, linguistics, and geography. This wide knowledge allows him to show that, far from being a static prehistoric society quickly torn apart by European contact and the fur trade, almost every facet of Iroquoian culture had undergone significant change in the centuries preceding European contact. He argues convincingly that the European impact upon native cultures cannot be correctly assessed unless the nature and extent of precontact change is understood. His study not only stands Euro-American stereotypes and fictions on their heads, but forcefully and consistently interprets European and Indian actions, thoughts, and motives from the perspective of the Huron culture. The Children of Aataentsic revises widely accepted interpretations of Indian behaviour and challenges cherished myths about the actions of some celebrated Europeans during the heroic age of Canadian history. In a new preface, Trigger describes and evaluates contemporary controversies over the ethnohistory of eastern Canada.

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