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The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature

Indigenous Peoples and the Great Lakes Environment

Edited by Karl S. Hele
Series Indigenous Studies Hide Details
Hardcover : 9781554583287, 288 pages, August 2013
Paperback : 9781554584888, 288 pages, November 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554584222, 288 pages, September 2013
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554584215, 288 pages, September 2013

Table of contents

Table of Contents for The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature, edited by Karl S. Hele
Preface | Karl S. Hele
1. Introduction: A Meditation on Environmental History | John MacKenzie
2. Tricky Medicine: Something Old for Something New | Heather Marie Annis
3. Rediscovering Relationships | Alesha Jane Breckenridge
4. Learning to Relate: Environmental and Place-Based Education in Northern Ontario | Lori-Beth Hallock
5. Bridging Academia and Indigenous Environmental Science: Is It Too Late? | Brian Rice
6. Empire Revisited: The Convenant Chain of Silver, Land Policy, and the Proclamation of 1763 in the Great Lakes Region, 1760–1800 | Karen J. Travers
7. Lines on the Land: Surveying Townships after the 1790 Treaty | Rhonda Telford
8. Poisoning the Serpent: The Effects of the Uranium Industry on the Serpent River First Nation, 1953–1988 | Lianne C. Leddy
9. Divided Spaces, Divided Stories: Animal Control Programs in Canada's Indigenous Communities | Maureen Riche
10. First Nations Diasporas in Canada: A Case of Recognition | María Cristina Manzano-Munguía
11. Assessing Environmental Health Risks through Collaborative Research and Oral Histories: The Water Quality Issue at Walpole Island First Nation | Christianne V. Stephens and Regna Darnell
12. Landscape and Mindscape Conjoined: The Empire of Nature and the Nature of Empires in the Journals of Ezhaaswe (William A. Elias) (c.1848–1929) | David T. McNab
13. A World of Beauty: The Spirits within Nature in the Writings of Louise Erdrich | Ute Lischke
14. Settler Narrative and Indigenous Resistance in The Baldoon Mystery | Rick Fehr
15. The Great Indian Bus Tour: Mapping Toronto's Urban First Nations Oral Tradition | Jon Johnson
The Contributors


Drawing on themes from John MacKenzie’s Empires of Nature and the Nature of Empires (1997), this book explores, from Indigenous or Indigenous-influenced perspectives, the power of nature and the attempts by empires (United States, Canada, and Britain) to control it. It also examines contemporary threats to First Nations communities from ongoing political, environmental, and social issues, and the efforts to confront and eliminate these threats to peoples and the environment. It becomes apparent that empire, despite its manifestations of power, cannot control or discipline humans and nature. Essays suggest new ways of looking at the Great Lakes watershed and the peoples and empires contained within it.