Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America explores how close, collaborative looking can discern the traces of contact, exchange, and movement of objects and give them a life and political power in complex cross-cultural histories. Red River coats, prints of colonial places and peoples, Indigenous-made dolls, and an Englishwoman's collection provide case studies of art and material culture that correct and give nuance to global and imperial histories. The result of a collaborative research process involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors, this book looks closely at the circumstances of making, use, and circulation of these objects: things that supported and defined both Indigenous resistance and colonial and imperial purposes. Contributors re-envision the histories of northern North America by focusing on the lives of things flowing to and from this vast region between the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries, showing how material culture is a critical link that tied this diverse landscape to the wider world. An original perspective on the history of northern North American peoples grounded in things, Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America provides a key analytical and methodological lens that exposes the complexity of cultural encounters and connections between local and global communities.-- Provided by publisher
Acknowledgments ; Maps ; Introduction / Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers, and Anne Whitelaw ; 1. Object lives: innovating methodology / Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers, and Anne Whitelaw ; Sidebar 1. Management and methodology / Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers, and Anne Whitelaw ; 2. Crossing worlds: hide coats, relationships, and identity in Rupert's Land and Britain / Laura Peers ; 3. "A typical Canadian outfit": the Red River coat / Cynthia Cooper ; Sidebar 2. The Huron-Wendat Capot / Cynthia Cooper ; Sidebar 3. The Red River coat and its commercial promotion / Cynthia Cooper ; 4. Colonizing winter: tobogganing, toboggan suits, and imperial agendas in the Northlands, c. 1800-1900 / Beverly Lemire ; Sidebar 4. Gifts of empire / Beverly Lemire ; 5. Peter Rindisbacher and the imagined North: circulations, realities, and representations / Julie-Ann Mercer ; 6. The wampum and the print: objects tied to Nicolas Vincent Tsawenhohi's London visit, 1824-1825 / Jonathan Lainey and Anne Whitelaw ; Sidebar 5. Active imperial networks / Jonathan Lainey and Anne Whitelaw ; 7. A brief history of the "Eskimo sweater" / Laurie K. Bertram ; 8. Clare Sheridan: British writer, sculptor, and collector in Blackfoot country, 1937 / Sarah Carter ; 9. Dolls, women's art, and Indigenous networks in the borderlands of northern North America, 1885-1945 / Katie Pollock ; 10. Dew claw bags, Indigenous women, and material culture in history and practice / Judy Half and Beverly Lemire ; 11. Inscribing the North West: hide jackets and colonial surveyors / Susan Berry ; Sidebar 6. Jackets in circulation / Susan Berry ; 12. From the sanatorium to the museum and beyond: the circulation of art and craft made by Indigenous patients at tuberculosis hospitals / Sara Komarnisky ; Figures ; Bibliography ; Contributors ; Index.