The American Historic Evaluate just lately revealed Miranda Johnson’s “The Case of the Million-Greenback Duck: A Hunter, His Treaty, and the Bending of the Settler Contract”. The summary:

In settler states equivalent to Canada, indigenous peoples’ claims for sovereignty within the late twentieth century turned issues of intense public and political debate. Provoked by widespread indigenous rights activism of the 1970s, the Canadian state launched into a large-scale examination of claims for rights and restitution. By specializing in the 1962 case of a duck hunter who insisted on his treaty proper to hunt as he happy in a Canadian borderlands area that was changing into extra tightly woven into the material of the settler nation, this text argues for the worth of recovering the discursive methods of indigenous peoples in making sovereign claims previous to 1970s activism. I recommend that such claims had been efficient in bending the “settler contract,” which refers back to the founding of settler states in dispossession and the silencing of indigenous actors. My method brings to the fore a particular type of non-elite politics, what I name “treaty discuss,” or the vernacular tales, civic rituals, and political disputes regarding the treaty guarantees that Canadian authorities made to northern indigenous communities earlier within the twentieth century. Though treaty discuss didn’t break the settler contract, it posed a major problem to settler legislation and led one choose to reinvent a Canadian delusion of benevolent empire.

Dene males gathered for Treaty Day at Fort Decision, ca. 1924

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