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Author Innes, Robert Alexander, author.

Title Elder brother and the law of the people : contemporary kinship and Cowessess First Nation / Robert Alexander Innes.

Publication Info. Winnipeg [Manitoba] : University of Manitoba Press, [2013]
Beaconsfield, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (249 pages) : maps.
Series Critical studies in Native history ; 17
Critical studies in native history ; 17.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Elder Brother as Cultural Hero: The Law of the People and Contemporary Customary Kinship -- A Historical View of the Iron Alliance -- Multicultural Bands on the Northern Plains and the Notion of "Tribal" Histories -- The Multicultural Compositon of Cowessess First Nation -- Cowessess Band Members and the Importance of Family Ties -- First Nations Response to Membership: Bill C-31 and Cowessess First Nation -- Implementing Treaty Obligations in Saskatchewan: Cowessess First Nation and Treaty Land Entitlement.
Summary Annotation In the pre-reserve era, Aboriginal bands in the northern plains were relatively small multicultural communities that actively maintained fluid and inclusive membership through traditional kinship practices. These practices were governed by the Law of the People as described in the traditional stories of Wîsashkêcâhk, or Elder Brother, that outlined social interaction, marriage, adoption, and kinship roles and responsibilities. In Elder Brother and the Law of the People, Robert Innes offers a detailed analysis of the role of Elder Brother stories in historical and contemporary kinship practices in Cowessess First Nation, located in southeastern Saskatchewan. He reveals how these tradition-inspired practices act to undermine legal and scholarly definitions of "Indian" and counter the perception that First Nations people have internalized such classifications. He presents Cowessess's successful negotiation of the 1996 Treaty Land Agreement and their high inclusion rate of new "Bill-C31s" as evidence of the persistence of historical kinship values and their continuing role as the central unifying factor for band membership. Elder Brother and the Law of the People presents an entirely new way of viewing Aboriginal cultural identity on the northern plains.
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Subject Cowessess First Nation.
Cowessess First Nation.
Cowessess First Nation.
Native peoples -- Kinship -- Saskatchewan.
Native peoples -- Saskatchewan -- Ethnic identity.
Native peoples -- Saskatchewan -- Treaties.
Native peoples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Saskatchewan.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Innes, Robert Alexander Elder Brother and the Law of the People : Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press,c2014 9780887557460
ISBN 9780887554377 (electronic bk.)
0887554377 (electronic bk.)