Eagle Down is Our Law: Witsuwit'en Law, Feasts, and Land Claims

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UBC Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Law - 208 pages
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Eagle Down Is Our Law is about the struggle of theWitsuwit'en peoples to establish the meaning of aboriginal rights.With the neighbouring Gitksan, the Witsuwit'en launched a majorland claims court case asking for the ownership and jurisdiction of55,000 square kilometers of land in north-central British Columbia thatthey claim to have held since before the arrival of the Europeans. Inconjunction with that court case, the Gitksan and Witsuwit'en askeda number of expert witnesses, among them Antonia Mills, ananthropologist, to prepare reports on their behalf. Her report, whichinstructs the judge in the case on the laws, feasts, and institutionsof the Witsuwit'en, is presented here. Her testimony is based ontwo years of participant observation with the Witsuwit'en peoplesand on her reading of the anthropological, historic, archaeological,and linguistic data about the Witsuwit'en.
  

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This was assigned for my tribal law class. This is not really a book, but the publication of an anthropologist's written expert testimony in a law suit between a tribe and the Canadian government. Her ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
The Nature of Witsuwiten Society
37
Genesis of the Witsuwiten
72
Witsuwiten Institutions
101
Witsuwiten Law
141
The Witsuwiten Interface with the World
165
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About the author (1994)

Antonia Mills is associate professor in the FirstNations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia,Prince George.

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