Finding a Way to the Heart

Finding a Way to the Heart : Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women's History in Canada

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When Sylvia Van Kirk published her groundbreaking book, Many Tender Ties, in 1980, she revolutionized the historical understanding of the North American fur trade and introduced entirely new areas of inquiry in women's, social, and Aboriginal history. Finding a Way to the Heart examines race, gender, identity, and colonization from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and illustrates Van Kirk's extensive influence on a generation of feminist scholarship.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 548.85g
  • Winnipeg, Canada
  • English
  • 0887552323
  • 9780887552328

Table of contents

Ch 1: 'All These Stories About Women:' Many Tender Ties and a New Fur Trade History by Jennifer S.H. Brown
Ch 2: Sylvia Van Kirk: A Feminist Appreciation of Front-line Work in the Academy by Franca Iacovetta
Ch 3: Daring to Write a History of Western Canadian Women's Experiences: Assessing Sylvia Van Kirk Feminist Scholarship by Valerie J. Korinek
Ch 4: Ties Across the Border by Elizabeth Jameson
Ch 5: Historiography that Breaks Your Heart: Van Kirk and the Writing of Feminist History by Adele Perry
Ch 6: Beyond the Borders: The 'Founding Families' of Southern New Zealand by Angela Wanhalla
Ch 7: Multicultural Bands on the Northern Plains and the Notion of 'Tribal' Histories by Robert Alexander Innes
Ch 8: 'A World We Have Lost:' The Plural Society of Fort Chipewyan by Patricia A. McCormack
Ch 9: Others or Brothers? Competing Settler and Anishinabe Discourses about Race in Upper Canada by Robin Jarvis Brownlie
Ch 10: Attitudes Toward 'Miscegenation' in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia, 1860 - 1914 by Victoria Freeman
Ch 11: Home Tales: Gender, Domesticity and Colonialism in the Prairie West, 1870 - 1900 by Kathryn McPherson
Ch 12: 'I am a proud Anishinaabe Kwe:' Issues of Identity and Status in Northern Ontario after Bill C-31 by Katrina Srigley
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Review quote

"An essential piece of work and a must-have book for every scholar, historian, educator and student of Aboriginal culture and contributions."--Ennis Morris "Alberta Native News"
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About Robin Jarvis Brownlie

Robin Jarvis Brownlie is an associate professor in the Department of History at University of Manitoba and author of A Fatherly Eye: Indian Agents, Government Power, and Aboriginal Resistance in Ontario, 1918-1939.

Valerie J. Korinek is a professor in the Department of History at University of Saskatchewan, and is the author of Roughing It in Suburbia: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties.
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