Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation Paperback – Oct 24 2008
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"Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry does an excellent job of pointing out logical inconsistencies in the Aboriginal political movement - a matter of great practical as well as academic importance." Tom Flanagan, author of First Nations? Second Thoughts "Insightful, carefully argued and meticulously documented." John Richards, Simon Fraser University
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Albert Howard has worked as a consultant for government and Native groups, and is currently an instructor and D
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In short, the authors do a good job of knocking down a few sacred cows of contemporary aboriginal policy in Canada. "Traditional knowledge" and "oral histories" are given far too much credit in policy making and the courts. Policies that identify self government as a panacea without taking a good look at the often corrupt inner workings of aboriginal communities, are doomed to failure. Some misstatements and exaggerations included, this book provides a good overview of everything that has gone wrong.
The problem comes when the authors try to explain why things are in a dismal state. They have essentially knocked down one false intellectual idol, only to put another in its place. The theory of "development" the authors espouse has been relegated to the dustbin of academia for decades. The very title of the book is a slap in the face to critical thinkers everywhere as the existence of an "aboriginal industry" is assumed with no evidence being presented. No where to be found is a moderate discussion over the place of traditional knowledge and oral histories. While not up to the standards of the scientific method and written history, they are not devoid of value.
I don't think I am alone in having exited my formal education with a feeling that too many academics waste much of their (supposed) talents and intellect on tearing down. "The Aboriginal Industry", has done nothing to improve the situation.
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An interesting and broad ranging look at the Aboriginal leadership and issues in Canada. Just more proof, if we needed more with all the controversy over leadership and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by john p bower
This book was a great read, and a revealing look at some of the surprising causes of dysfunction within aboriginal communities.Published 11 months ago by Pen Name
It is easier to be politically correct and go along with the widespread romantic primitivism and cultural relativism so popular with virtuous social activists. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2013 by Peter Page
An important book for anyone concerned by the current state of the First Nations in Canada. I am no expert myself so I cannot properly review this book in its' context, but it... Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2013 by Robert Cooper
I don't have a kindle and have not read the book yet, but it just so happens I stumbled upon the interview that Ezra Levant did with this author on Sun News on January 11 2013 on... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2013 by northmama
Widdowson and Howard are extremely racist and rely on dirty tricks to convince readers of their opinions. For example, the authors have a sarcastic tone throughout the whole book. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2011 by sinthu
This book makes me embarrassed to be white. It is full of racist rants based on the belief that Western thinking is superior to Indigenous thinking. Read morePublished on July 7 2011 by female reader
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