Maps and Dreams

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Faber & Faber, 2002 - British Colombia - 294 pages

The Canadian sub-arctic is a world of forest, prairie and muskeg; of rainbow trout, moose, and caribou; of Indian hunters and trappers. It is also a world of boomtowns and bars, oil rigs and seismic soundings; of white energy speculators, ranchers and sports hunters. Hugh Brody came to this dual wold with the job of 'mapping' the lands of northwest British Columbia as well as the way of life of a small group of Beaver Indians with a viable hunting economy living in the path of a projected oil pipeline.

Maps and Dreams is his account of an extraordinary 18-month journey through the world of a people who have no intention of vanishing into the past. Brody's powerful commentary retraces the history of the ever-expanding white frontier, from the first eighteenth-century explorer to the wildest corporate energy dreams of the present day.

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Brody is that particular breed of anthropologist who deserves special mention for the respect he shows to the people whose story he tells. This is an excellent account of indigenous people living in ... Read full review

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A very moving examination of a way of life under threat from the continuing White settlement and commercial expansion and exploitation of natural resources in northeast British Columbia, Canada. Brody ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Hugh Brody is an associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University. He is the author of several books, including "Maps & Dreams," "Indians on Skid Row," & "Inishkillane: Change & Decline in the West of Ireland." He lives in London.

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