Images of Justice: A Legal History of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut As Traced Through the Yellowknife Courthouse Collection of Inuit Sculpture

Images of Justice: A Legal History of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut As Traced Through the Yellowknife Courthouse Collection of Inuit Sculpture

by Dorothy Eber
     
 

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In a display case at the entrance to the Yellowknife courthouse are a collection of fourteen Inuit carvings that represent landmark cases in the legal history of the Northwest Territories. These cases, which came to trial between 1955 and 1970, and the carvings that represent them illuminate a pivotal period of social change when the Inuit camp system was eroding and

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In a display case at the entrance to the Yellowknife courthouse are a collection of fourteen Inuit carvings that represent landmark cases in the legal history of the Northwest Territories. These cases, which came to trial between 1955 and 1970, and the carvings that represent them illuminate a pivotal period of social change when the Inuit camp system was eroding and age-old practices and traditions were being called into question. Dorothy Harley Eber tells the stories behind the carvings and provides fascinating insights into the unique situations that developed as the Inuit came in contact with Canada's justice system.

Images of Justice resonates with voices of the North and comes alive through interviews with many of those involved in the cases - defendants, judges, and prosecutors. Eber also provides valuable information on the little-known carvers who created these remarkable works of art. At a time when alternative legal systems for Native peoples are being debated, Images of Justice provides a lively, accessible account of the northern courts, their evolution, and their future in a changing northern society.

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The Yellowknife courthouse displays a collection of 14 Inuit carvings representing landmark cases in the legal history of the Northwest Territories. Cases came to trial between 1955 and 1970, a period when the Inuit camp system was eroding and traditional mores were being called into question. This volume tells the stories behind these carvings and provides insight into the unusual situations and special problems that developed as the Inuit came in contact with Canada's justice system, based on interviews with Inuits and whites, defendants, and judges. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773566934
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
09/26/1997
Series:
McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Dorothy Harley Eber is the author of Pitseolak: Pictures Out of My Life, When the Whalers Were Up North: Inuit Memories from the Eastern Arctic and, with Peter Pitseolak, People from Our Side: A Life Story With Photographs and Oral Biography. She lives in

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