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In twilight and in dawn : a biography of Diamond Jenness / Barnett Richling.

Author/creator Richling, Barnett
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoMontreal : McGill-Queen's University Press,
Descriptionxxi, 413 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 25 cm.
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Series McGill-Queen's native and northern series ; 67
McGill-Queen's native and northern series ; 67. ^A445943
Contents Antipodean Arcadia, 1886-1908 -- The second horse, 1908-1911 -- On a Bwaidokan veranda, 1911-1912 -- Chance and necessity, 1913-1914 -- Kiss of the white man, 1914-1916 -- In the trenches, 1916-1919 -- An unloved stepchild, 1919-1931 -- Peoples of memory, 1921 -- Jostling tribes, 1923-1924 -- Ancestors and cradles, 1926 -- A Sisyphean puzzle, 1927-1935 -- Turning the page, 1929-1936 -- Behind high walls, 1936-1948 -- A brand new day, 1948-1969 -- Epilogue : The afterlife of Diamond Jenness.
Abstract "When New Zealand-born and Oxford-educated anthropologist Diamond Jenness set aside hopes of building a career in the South Pacific to join Vilhjalmur Stefansson's Canadian Arctic Expedition, he had little idea of what lay ahead. But Jenness thrived under the duress of that transformational experience: the groundbreaking ethnographic work he accomplished, recounted in People of the Twilight and in Dawn in Arctic Alaska, proved to be a lasting contribution to twentieth-century anthropology, and the foundation of a career he would devote to researching Canada's first peoples. Barnett Richling draws upon a wealth of documentary sources to shed light on Jenness's tenure with the Anthropological Division of the National Museum of Canada - a forerunner of the Canadian Museum of Civilization - during which his investigations took him beyond the Arctic to seven First Nations [Aboriginal or Native peoples] communities from Georgian Bay to British Columbia's interior.
Abstract Jenness was renowned as a pre-eminent scholar of Inuit culture, but he also stood out for the contributions his field work made to linguistics, ethnology, material culture, and Northern archaeology. His story is also an institutional one: Jenness worked as a public servant at a time when the federal government spearheaded anthropological research, although his abiding commitment to the first peoples of his adopted homeland placed him at odds with Ottawa's approach to aboriginal affairs. In Twilight and in Dawn is an exploration of one man's life in anthropology, and of the conditions - at the museum, on the reserves, in society's mainstream, and in the world at large - that inspired and shaped Jenness's contributions to science, to his profession, and to public life. An informative study of the evolution of a discipline focused through the life of one of its leading practitioners, In Twilight and in Dawn is an illuminating look at anthropological thought and practice in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century."--Publisher's description.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2012462958

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