Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations by John Sutton LutzMakúk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations by John Sutton Lutz

Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations

byJohn Sutton Lutz

Paperback | January 1, 2009

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The history of Aboriginal-settler interactions in Canada continuesto haunt the national imagination. Despite billions of dollars spent onthe "Indian problem," Aboriginal people remain the poorest inthe country. Because the stereotype of the "lazy Indian" isnever far from the surface, many Canadians wonder if the problem laywith "Indians" themselves.

John Lutz traces Aboriginal people’s involvement in the neweconomy, and their displacement from it, from the arrival of the firstEuropeans to the 1970s. Drawing on an extensive array of oralhistories, manuscripts, newspaper accounts, biographies, andstatistical analysis, Lutz shows that Aboriginal people flocked to theworkforce and prospered in the late nineteenth century. He argues thatthe roots of today’s widespread unemployment and "welfaredependency" date only from the 1950s, when deliberate andinadvertent policy choices – what Lutz terms the "whiteproblem" drove Aboriginal people out of the capitalist, wage, andsubsistence economies, offering them welfare as"compensation."

Makúk invites readers into a dialogue with the past withvisual imagery and an engaging narrative that gives a voice toAboriginal peoples and other historical figures. It is a book forstudents, scholars, policymakers, and a wide public who care to bringthe spectres of the past into the light of the present.

John Sutton Lutz teaches in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. He is editor of Myth and Memory: Stories of Indigenous-European Contact and co-editor of Situating Race and Racisms in Space, Time, and Theory.
Title:Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal-White RelationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 10 × 7.95 × 1.05 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774811404

ISBN - 13:9780774811408

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Table of Contents

Preface: Makúk

1 Introduction: Molasses Stick Legs
2 Pomo Wawa: The Other Jargon
3 Making the Lazy Indian
4 The Lekwungen
5 The Tsilhqot’in
6 Outside History: Labourers of the Aboriginal Province
7 The White Problem
8 Prestige to Welfare Remaking the Moditional Economy9 Conclusion: TheOuter Edge of Probability, 1970-2007

Postscript: Subordination without Subjugation


Editorial Reviews

Lutz's new monograph should be essential reading for anyone interested in the field of Aboriginal-White relations. - Heidi Bohaker, University of Toronto - Western Historical Quarterly, Winter 2009, Vol 40, No 4 - 20090101