Metis: Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood Hardcover – May 1 2014
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Ask any Canadian what "Métis" means, and they will likely say "mixed race" or "part Indian, part white." Canadians consider Métis people mixed in ways that other indigenous people -- First Nations and Inuit -- are not, and the census and the courts have premised their recognition of the Métis on this race-based understanding. Chris Andersen argues that Canada got it wrong. He weaves together personal anecdotes, critical race theory, and discussions of history and law to demonstrate that our understanding of "Métis" -- that our very preoccupation with mixedness – is not natural but stems from more than 150 years of sustained labour on the part of the state, scholars, and indigenous organizations. From its roots deep in the colonial past, the idea of "Métis as mixed" pervaded the Canadian consciousness through powerful sites of knowledge production such as the census and courts until it settled in the realm of common sense. In the process, "Métis" has become an ever-widening racial category rather than the identity of an indigenous people with a shared sense of history and culture centred on the fur trade. Andersen asks all Canadians to consider the consequences of adopting a definition of "Métis" that makes it nearly impossible for the Métis nation to make political claims as a people. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This provocative book argues against Métis-as-mixed and unapologetically goes against the grain of scholarship in this field. It will sharpen your views about M/métis rights and representation in Canada, and Indigeneity more generally. (John Borrows, author of Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law)|Chris Andersen challenges the very core of Canadian racial mythology in this provocative, detailed, well-articulated argument about what it means to be Métis in Canada. For readers who seek to understand how courts, census offices, and Canadians in general have seen and misunderstood one of the nation’s most intricate issues of identity and belonging, this book will help them move along a path toward deeper and more respectful ways of acknowledging and appreciating the Métis people. (Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes)|As a scholar who has worked for a long time in this field, I learned much from this book. Like many other Canadians, I did not have a clear answer to the question, who are the Métis? Chris Andersen offers the tools for understanding this puzzling question and makes clear what is at stake in contesting Métis identity. (Peter H. Russell, author of Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
In short, this book produces a somewhat complex argument in favor of a restrictive and conservative vision of Metis identity. Andersen invites us to switch from a racially-loaded logic on Metis identity to the defense of a Metis identitarian cultural purity, here fearful that when the "other metis" refer to themselves as "Metis," they are in fact chipping away at the true nationalistic Metis identity. We can entertain serious doubts as to which path is actually worse than the other. It is indeed far from clear how other "métis" across Canada that use the juridical framework reserved to Metis to defend their particular aboriginal rights "could be complicit in the further and continual violation of the Métis Nation." This suggestion appears a bit strange.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
In short, this book produces a somewhat complex argument in favor of a conservative vision of Metis identity. Andersen invites us to switch from a racially-loaded logic on Metis identity to the defense of a Metis identitarian cultural purity, here fearful that when the "other metis" refer to themselves as "Metis," they are in fact chipping away at the true nationalistic Metis identity. We can entertain serious doubts as to which path is actually worse than the other.
On a positive note, Andersen's book will comfort a number of individuals who are now contemplating the last-resort solution of changing their self-identification to "Mitchif" or even "Otipemisiwak," rather than sharing the Metis denomination with other peoples of Mixed-heritage across Canada. It could therefore be suggested that a weak form of Metis pluralism will somehow prevail.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > History > Americas > Canada > First Nations
- Books > History > Americas > United States > African Americans > Discrimination & Racism
- Books > History > Canada > First Nations
- Books > History > United States > African Americans > Discrimination & Racism
- Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Current Events > Native Issues
- Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Discrimination & Racism
- Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Sociology
- Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Special Groups > Native American Studies