Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume 1

By David Newhouse and Cora J. Voyageur

© 2005

The history of Aboriginal people in Canada taught in schools and depicted in the media tends to focus on Aboriginal displacement from native lands and the consequent social and cultural disruptions they have endured. Collectively, they are portrayed as passive victims of European colonization and government policy, and, even when well intentioned, these depictions are demeaning and do little to truly represent the role Aboriginal peoples have played in Canadian life. Hidden in Plain Sight adds another dimension to the story, showing the extraordinary contributions Aboriginal peoples have made - and continue to make - to the Canadian experience.

From treaties to contemporary arts and literatures, Aboriginal peoples have helped to define Canada and have worked to secure a place of their own making in Canadian culture. For this volume, editors David R. Newhouse, Cora J. Voyageur, and Daniel J.K. Beavon have brought together leading scholars and other impassioned voices, and together, they give full treatment to the Aboriginal contribution to Canada's intellectual, political, economic, social, historic, and cultural landscapes. Included are profiles of several leading figures such as actor Chief Dan George, artist Norval Morrisseau, author Tomson Highway, activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, and politician Phil Fontaine, among others. Canada simply would not be what it is today without these contributions. The first of two volumes, Hidden in Plain Sight is key to understanding and appreciating Canadian society and will be essential reading for generations to come.

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The first of two volumes, Hidden in Plain Sight is key to understanding and appreciating Canadian society and will be essential reading for generations to come.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume 1

By David Newhouse and Cora J. Voyageur

© 2005

The history of Aboriginal people in Canada taught in schools and depicted in the media tends to focus on Aboriginal displacement from native lands and the consequent social and cultural disruptions they have endured. Collectively, they are portrayed as passive victims of European colonization and government policy, and, even when well intentioned, these depictions are demeaning and do little to truly represent the role Aboriginal peoples have played in Canadian life. Hidden in Plain Sight adds another dimension to the story, showing the extraordinary contributions Aboriginal peoples have made - and continue to make - to the Canadian experience.

From treaties to contemporary arts and literatures, Aboriginal peoples have helped to define Canada and have worked to secure a place of their own making in Canadian culture. For this volume, editors David R. Newhouse, Cora J. Voyageur, and Daniel J.K. Beavon have brought together leading scholars and other impassioned voices, and together, they give full treatment to the Aboriginal contribution to Canada's intellectual, political, economic, social, historic, and cultural landscapes. Included are profiles of several leading figures such as actor Chief Dan George, artist Norval Morrisseau, author Tomson Highway, activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, and politician Phil Fontaine, among others. Canada simply would not be what it is today without these contributions. The first of two volumes, Hidden in Plain Sight is key to understanding and appreciating Canadian society and will be essential reading for generations to come.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.6in x 1.2in x 9.5in
  • Author Information

    Cora J. Voyageur is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary.



    David R.Newhouse is the Chair and an associate professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University.



    Dan Beavon is the past director of Strategic Research and Analysis for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

  • Table of contents

    Preface xi

    Acknowledgments xv

    Contributors xvii

    PART 1: SETTING THE STAGE

    Introduction 3

    Profile of Chief Dan George 14

    Christine Armstrong

    PART 2: TREATIES

    Treaties and the Evolution of Canada 19

    Jean-Pierre Morin

    Profile of Harold Cardinal 35

    Catherine Clennet

    Treaties and Aboriginal-Government Relations, 1945–2000 38

    Michael Cassidy

    Profile of Albert (‘Billy’) Diamond 61

    Alan Cho

    PART 3: ARTS AND MEDIA

    The Art of Survival 67

    Maria von Finckenstein

    Profile of Norval Morrisseau 86

    Amanda Sellar

    Connecting the Artists with the Art 89

    Marybelle Mitchell

    Profile of Daphne Odjig 96

    Renee Vardy

    Nunavut Territory: Communications and Political Development in the

    Canadian North 99

    Gail Guthrie Valaskakis

    Profile of Kenojuak Ashevak 112

    Jennifer Singh

    Natives and Newcomers in the New World: Maritime Furniture and the

    Interaction of Cultures 115

    Jane l. Cook

    Profile of Robert Charles Davidson 136

    Domenyk Leach

    Contributions to Canadian Art by Aboriginal Contemporary Artists 140

    Gerald McMaster

    Profile of Allen Sapp 163

    Laura Nimilowich

    PART 4: LITERATURE

    First Peoples Literature in Canada 169

    Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

    Profile of Jeannette C. Armstrong 177

    Angela Shepard

    Aboriginal Literatures: A Distinctive Genre within Canadian

    Literature 180

    Jeannette c. Armstrong

    Profile of Tomson Highway 187

    Nancy Luu

    Aboriginal Voices: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in Their Own Words 191

    Cheryl Isaacs

    Profile of Basil H. Johnston 200

    Kimberly Bruce

    Laughing Till Your Face Is Red 203

    Drew Hayden Taylor

    Profile of Emily Pauline Johnson 210

    Cash Rowe

    PART 5: JUSTICE

    Profile of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash 215

    Natasha Joachim

    Getting Tough on Crime the Aboriginal Way: Alternative Justice Initiatives

    in Canada 218

    Katherine Beaty Chiste

    Profile of John Joseph (‘J.J.’) Harper 233

    Janet Trace

    Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Criminal Justice System 236

    Carol Laprairie

    Profile of Helen Betty Osborne 246

    Stephanie Pyne

    PART 6: CULTURE AND IDENTITY

    Inuit Names: The People Who Love You 251

    Valerie Alia

    Profile of John Kim Bell 267

    Nashila Dharshi

    Aboriginal Peoples and Canada’s Conscience 270

    Russel Lawrence Barsh

    Profile of Freda Ahenakew 292

    Amber McGinnis

    Hiding in ‘Plane’ View: Aboriginal Identities and a Fur-Trade Company

    Family through Seven Generations 295

    David T. McNab

    Profile of Douglas Joseph Henry Cardinal 309

    Mary Cummings

    Aboriginal Peoples and the Canoe 312

    Bruce W. Hodgins and Bryan Poirier

    PART 7: SPORTS

    Profile of Sharon Anne and Shirley Anne Firth 331

    Roland Simon

    The Qimmiq 334

    Bryan Cummins

    Profile of Alwyn Morris 349

    Leona Furgason

    ‘Eminently Canadian’: Indigenous Sports and Canadian Identity in

    Victorian Montreal 352

    Gillian Poulter

    Profile of Wayne ‘Gino’ Odjick 376

    Amy Deller

    Aboriginal Rodeo Cowboys: The Good Times and the Bad 379

    Morgan Baillargeon

    Profile of Thomas Charles Longboat 400

    Roland Simon

    PART 8: MILITARY

    Aboriginal Contributions to Canadian Culture and Identity in Wartime:

    English Canada’s Image of the ‘Indian’ and the Fall of France, 1940 405

    R. Scott Sheffield

    Profile of Thomas George Prince 419

    Jennifer Aragon

    PART 9: OVERVIEW

    Multiple Points of Light: Grounds for Optimism among First Nations in

    Canada 425

    J. Rick Ponting and Cora J. Voyageur

    Profile of Larry Philip (‘Phil’) Fontaine 455

    Sophie Bonneau

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