Cultivating Arctic Landscapes: Knowing and Managing Animals in the Circumpolar North

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Overview

In the last two decades, there has been an increased awareness of the traditions and issues that link aboriginal people across the circumpolar North. One of the key aspects of the lives of circumpolar peoples, be they in Scandinavia, Alaska, Russia, or Canada, is their relationship to the wild animals that support them. Although divided for most of the 20th Century by various national trading blocks, and the Cold War, aboriginal people in each region share common stories about the various capitalist and socialist states that claimed control over their lands and animals. Now, aboriginal peoples throughout the region are reclaiming their rights.

This volume is the first to give a well-rounded portrait of wildlife management, aboriginal rights, and politics in the circumpolar north. The book reveals unexpected continuities between socialist and capitalist ecological styles, as well as addressing the problems facing a new era of cultural exchanges between aboriginal peoples in each region.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571815743
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

David G. Anderson is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Mark Nuttall is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1 Reindeer, Caribou and 'Fairy Stories' of State Power 1
2 Uses and Abuses of 'Traditional Knowledge': Perspectives from the Yukon Territory 17
3 Local Knowledge in Greenland: Arctic Perspectives and Contextual Differences 33
4 Codifying Knowledge about Caribou: The History of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada 57
5 A Story about a Muskox: Some Implications of Tetlit Gwich'in Human-Animal Relationships 79
6 'We did not want the muskox to increase': Inuvialuit Knowledge about Muskox and Caribou Populations on Banks Island, Canada 93
7 Political Ecology in Swedish Saamiland 110
8 Saami Pastoral Society in Northern Norway: The National Integration of an Indigenous Management System 124
9 Chukotkan Reindeer Husbandry in the Twentieth Century: In the Image of the Soviet Economy 136
10 A Genealogy of the Concept of 'Wanton Slaughter' in Canadian Wildlife Biology 154
11 Caribou Crisis or Administrative Crisis? Wildlife and Aborginal Policies on the Barren Grounds of Canada, 1947-60 172
12 Epilogue: Cultivating Arctic Landscapes 200
Notes on Contributors 210
Bibilography 213
Index 233
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