Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation by Frances WiddowsonDisrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation by Frances Widdowson

Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation

byFrances Widdowson, Albert Howard

Paperback | October 24, 2008

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By examining the root causes of aboriginal problems, Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard expose the industry that has grown up around land claim settlements, showing that aboriginal policy development over the past thirty years has been manipulated by non-aboriginal lawyers and consultants. They analyse all the major aboriginal policies, examine issues that have received little critical attention - child care, health care, education, traditional knowledge - and propose the comprehensive government provision of health, education, and housing rather than deficient delivery through Native self-government.
Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry presents a convincing argument that the "Aboriginal Industry" has failed to address the fundamental economic and cultural basis of native problems, leading instead to policies that offer a financial benefit to the leadership while entrenching the misery of most aboriginal people.
Frances Widdowson is a visiting assistant professor of political science, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland.Albert Howard has worked as a consultant for government and Native groups, and is currently an instructor and D
Title:Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural PreservationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8.9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 24, 2008Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773534210

ISBN - 13:9780773534216


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A courageous informative and original read I borrowed this book from a University library. I had always wanted to read it, but never got around to it until then. I am glad that I did get around to it though. This book details how aboriginal culture became so jealously protected from any sort of criticism(even if that ended up hurting others, including the aboriginals themselves). The authors examine everything from health care to land claim settlements to legal and judicial responses to aboriginal crime and child abuse on reserves Their expose on the last two matters alone make the book worth reading. While it contains occasional jargon in some spots and contains a completely unrelated jab at Israel, this book is an important read that sheds a whole new light on Canadian policy regarding aboriginals. Recommended
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I do not undermine the struggles of the aboriginal community, but one must admit that the millions of dollars given to the aboriginal communities still seems to be perpetuating them further into their misfortune. This novel offers a very real and applicable critique of the way in which our aboriginal affairs are managed. I found this novel refreshing to finally encounter authors who are not afraid to address the mismanagement issues within the aboriginal community instead of simply mindlessly condoning funding that seems to be doing very little to actually rehabilitate aboriginal groups.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How was this published? This book is neither a Native Studies nor Political Science book, as it indicates on its cover. This book is an uninformed Anglo-centric diatribe that is racist in its intent. The authors open with the thought that any criticism against the Aboriginal Industry is seen as racism, but really, it’s just standing up against the system. If you have to explain that what you are saying is not racist, there is a good chance it is. One of the authors claims to be a “consultant” for Native groups, but I can’t see him doing an effective job, with his attitude towards First Nations, which is downtrodden, poor addicts, who don’t have a say in what happens to them. Some of the more outrageous claims in this book include the idea that (and this is a direct quote) “ if it were not for the educational and socialization efforts provided by the residential schools aboriginal peoples would be even more marginalized and dysfunctional than they are today (26).” They argue that since hunting and gathering societies are bound to fail in this day in age, we did our First Nations a favour by putting them in residential schools. They also make the statement that oral traditions are less ‘trustworthy’ than written traditions, and even go so far as to state that some First Nations tribes fabricate oral traditions to get land claims and other monetary compensation (44). Was it not Mark Twain who wrote “The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice?” The sad part is, I suspected that this book was going to be extremely prejudiced when I started, but I gave it a chance – luckily, I borrowed it from the library, since this is not a book I would be happy spending any amount of money on. I am only on Chapter two and I have already wondered how this book ever got published. I do not recommend this book to anyone, unless you are alright with gross inaccuracies, sweeping generalizations and an Anglo centric smugness.
Date published: 2010-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bitter and uninformed Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis said it best when he said that "It is a book as bitter as it is uninformed." (Davis 2009:230)
Date published: 2009-10-22

Editorial Reviews

"Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry does an excellent job of pointing out logical inconsistencies in the Aboriginal political movement - a matter of great practical as well as academic importance." Tom Flanagan, author of First Nations? Second Thoughts "Insightful, carefully argued and meticulously documented." John Richards, Simon Fraser University