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Review of \u3ci\u3eFirst Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada\u3c/i\u3e edited by Annis May Timpson

By Priscilla Settee


This timely collection offers perceptive, thought-provoking perspectives on contemporary issues Indigenous communities face. Privatization, governance, language preservation, museums, public policy, and official knowledge are some of the topics the book tackles. Written by a range of seasoned and emerging scholars, First Nations, First Thoughts is organized into five subject areas (each containing two or three papers): challenging dominant discourses; oral histories; cultural representation; governance; and political self-determination. The title is a clever response to Thomas Flanagan\u27s First Nations? Second Thoughts (2000). One of the articles rebuts the content of this infamous, rather anti-Indigenous-sovereignty book. Because Flanagan is consulted on issues of public policy by conservative-leaning governments, Indigenous peoples believe it important to counter his proposals. Throughout the book notions such as reclaim, revision, return, reconstitute, and resist come to mind

Topics: American Studies, Cultural History, History, United States History
Publisher: DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Year: 2011
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