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Finding a way to the heart : feminist writings on aboriginal and women's history in Canada  Cover Image Book Book

Finding a way to the heart : feminist writings on aboriginal and women's history in Canada / edited by Robin Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie J. Korinek.

Brownlie, Robin, 1963- (Added Author). Korinek, Valerie Joyce, 1965- (Added Author).


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 Van Kirk’s work, her academic career, and her influence on a generation of feminist scholarship in fur trade and gender history, the history of Aboriginal women, the North American west, Nativenewcomer relations, and multicultural history. Using Van Kirk’s themes and methodologies as a jumping-off point, the book also offers ten new essays examining race, gender, identity, and colonization over a time period extending from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century and a geographic area reaching from the western plains to southern Ontario to New Zealand.

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  • ISBN: 9780887557323 :
  • Physical Description: viii, 269 p. ; ill., 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Winnipeg, MB : University of Manitoba Press, 2012.

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Formatted Contents Note:
"All these stories about women": "Many Tender Ties" and a New Fur Trade history -- Sylvia Van Kirk: A feminist appreciation of front-line work in the academy -- Daring to write a history of western Canadian women's experiences: assessing Sylvia Van Kirk's feminist scholarship -- Ties across the border -- Historiography that breaks your heart: Van Kirk and the writing of feminist history -- Beyond the borders: the "Founding Families" of southern New Zealand -- Multicultural bands on the northern Plains and the notion of "Tribal" histories -- "A world we have lost": The plural society of Fort Chipewyan -- Others or brothers?: Competing settler and Anishinabe discourses about race in Upper Canada -- Attitudes towards "Miscegenation" in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, 1860-1914 -- Home tales: Gender, domesticity, and colonialism in the Prairie West, 1870-1900 -- "I am a proud Anishinaabekwe": Issues of identity and status of northern Ontario after Bill C-31.
Subject: Feminism and higher education > Canada.
Native women > Canada > Historiography.
Native peoples > Canada > Historiography.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Legislative Library.


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Legislative Library, Vaughan Street E 76.8 Fin c.1 (Text) 36970000861031 Manitoba Heritage Collection Not holdable Onsite consultation -
Legislative Library, Vaughan Street E 76.8 Fin c.2 (Text) 36970000881476 General Collection Volume hold Available -

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