Children of Aataentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1987 - History - 913 pages
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Trigger's work integrates insights from archaeology, history, ethnology, linguistics, and geography. This wide knowledge allows him to show that, far from being a static prehistoric society quickly torn apart by European contact and the fur trade, almost every facet of Iroquoian culture had undergone significant change in the centuries preceding European contact. He argues convincingly that the European impact upon native cultures cannot be correctly assessed unless the nature and extent of precontact change is understood. His study not only stands Euro-American stereotypes and fictions on their heads, but forcefully and consistently interprets European and Indian actions, thoughts, and motives from the perspective of the Huron culture. The Children of Aataentsic revises widely accepted interpretations of Indian behaviour and challenges cherished myths about the actions of some celebrated Europeans during the "heroic age" of Canadian history. In a new preface, Trigger describes and evaluates contemporary controversies over the ethnohistory of eastern Canada.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
1
CHAPTER 2 The Huron and Their Neighbours
27
CHAPTER 3 The Birth of the Huron
105
CHAPTER 4 Alien Shadows
177
CHAPTER 5 Forging an Alliance
246
CHAPTER 6 The Quiet Years
331
Notes Chapters 16
435
CHAPTER 7 The Interregnum and the New Alliance
455
CHAPTER 9 The Storm
603
CHAPTER 10 The Storm Within
665
CHAPTER 11 The End of the Confederacy
725
CHAPTER 12 Betrayal and Salvation
789
CHAPTER 13 Conclusions
841
Notes Chapters 713
851
References
857
Index
885

CHAPTER 8 The Deadly Harvest
499

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