The power of promises

The power of promises

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Treaties with Native American groups in the Pacific Northwest have had profound and long-lasting implications for land ownership, resource access, and political rights in both the United States and Canada. InThe Power of Promises, a distinguished group of scholars, representing many disciplines, discuss the treaties' legacies.In North America, where treaties have been employed hundreds of times to define relations between indigenous and colonial societies, many such pacts have continuing legal force, and many have been the focus of recent, high-stakes legal contests. Treaties in the Northwest are relevant today because they continue to define our relationship to one another and to the land and its resources.The Power of Promisesshows that Indian treaties have implications for important aspects of human history and contemporary existence, including struggles for political and cultural power, law's effect on people's self-conceptions, the functions of stories about the past, and the process of defining national and ethnic identities.Alexandra Harmon is associate professor of American Indian studies at the University of Washington and author ofIndians in the Making: Ethnic Relations and Indian Identities around Puget Sound. Other contributors are Robert Anderson, Russel Lawrence Barsh, Ravi de Costa, Andrew H. Fisher, Hamar Foster, Chris Friday, Alan Grove, Douglas C. Harris, Kent McNeil, Paige Raigmon, Arthur Ray, and Bruce Rigsby.This presentation, entitled aquot;What My Elders Taught Me: Oral Traditions as Evidence in Aboriginal Litigation, aquot; later was published by the Fraser Institute (a conservative think tank located in Vancouver, B.C.) in a collection of essays entitledanbsp;...

Title:The power of promises
Author: Alexandra Harmon, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
Publisher:Univ of Washington Pr - 2008

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