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Author Roy, Susan, 1963- author.

Title These mysterious people : shaping history and archaeology in a Northwest Coast community / Susan Roy
Edition Second edition
Published Montreal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016
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Series McGill-Queen's native and northern series ; 64
McGill-Queen's native and northern series ; 64
Contents "Who were these mysterious people?" -- Burial grounds as sites of archaeology : Harlan I. Smith and the Jesup North Pacific Expedition -- Musqueam house posts and the construction of the "ethnographic" object -- The national colonial culture and the politics of removal and reburial -- The Great Fraser Midden and the civic colonial culture -- From colonial culture to reclamation culture : the Musqueam, Charles E. Borden, and salvage archaeology in British Columbia -- Conclusion
Summary "Archaeologists studying human remains and burial sites of North America's Indigenous peoples have discovered more than information about the beliefs and practices of cultures--they have also found controversy. These Mysterious People shows how Western ideas and attitudes about Indigenous peoples have transformed one culture's ancestors, burial grounds, and possessions into another culture's "specimens," "archaeological sites," and "ethnographic artifacts," in the process disassociating Natives from their own histories."-- Provided by publisher
"Focusing on the Musqueam people and a contentious archaeological site in Vancouver, These Mysterious People details the relationship between the Musqueam and researchers from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Susan Roy traces the historical development of competing understandings of the past and reveals how the Musqueam First Nation used information derived from archaeological finds to assist the larger recognition of territorial rights. She also details the ways in which Musqueam legal and cultural expressions of their own history--such as land claim submissions, petitions, cultural displays, and testimonies--have challenged public accounts of Aboriginal occupation and helped to define Aboriginal rights in Canada. An important and engaging examination of methods of historical representation, These Mysterious People analyses the ways historical evidence, material culture, and places themselves have acquired legal and community authority"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Archaeology -- Social aspects -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region
Coast Salish Indians -- Land tenure -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region
Coast Salish Indians -- Material culture -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region
Coast Salish Indians -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region -- Antiquities
Coast Salish Indians -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region -- Government relations
Kitchen-middens -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region
Mounds -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region
Archaeology -- Social aspects.
Coast Salish Indians -- Antiquities.
Ethnic relations.
HISTORY -- Canada -- General.
Marpole (Vancouver, B.C.) -- Antiquities
Marpole Midden (Vancouver, B.C.)
Musqueam First Nation -- Antiquities
Vancouver Region (B.C.) -- Antiquities
Vancouver Region (B.C.) -- Ethnic relations
British Columbia -- Vancouver Region.
British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Marpole Midden.
Musqueam First Nation.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773598936