Drum Songs: Glimpses of Dene History by Kerry AbelDrum Songs: Glimpses of Dene History by Kerry Abel

Drum Songs: Glimpses of Dene History

byKerry Abel

Paperback | July 12, 2005

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The Dene nation consists of twelve thousand people speaking five distinct languages spread over 1.8 million square kilometres in the Canadian subarctic. In the 1970s and 1980s, the campaign against the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, support for the leadership of Georges Erasmus in the Assembly of First Nations, and land claim negotiations put the Dene on the leading edge of Canada's native rights movement.
Kerry Abel is assistant professor of history, Carleton University.
Title:Drum Songs: Glimpses of Dene HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:July 12, 2005Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773530037

ISBN - 13:9780773530034

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I wasn't born yet, when the Berger Inquiry was convoked to look into the McKenzie River development of the day. The impornce of that time, and the central role the Dene played in bearing witness to the fact the there are Nations whose sovereignty was never 'exhausted' by Treaty with the state called Canada is witnessed again in this text. The Dene and their care and claim to Denendeh is still central to understanding the reality Canada presents itself as embodying as a 'northern', arctic nation. Put this in the same hand as the ecocide that has/is happening on the the McKenzie by the tar sands (witness burst berms dumping toxic waste into the waters of the McKenzie, eclipsed during on of the last Federal election wind ups/downs in the Harper era.... an ecocidal moment that would not have slipped off the front page if it had happened on the Fraser or the St. Lawrence)... and there is yet a need to read/live into respect for the Dene and their Lands.
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