This book is based upon more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork and personal experiences with the Teetł’it Gwich’in community in northern Canada. The author provides insight into Gwich’in understandings of life as well as into historical and political processes that have taken place in the North. He outlines the development of an educational approach towards conducting ethnography and writing anthropological literature, starting with the premise ‘you have to live it’. The book focuses on ways of knowing and collaboration through learning and being taught by interlocutors. Building on the work of Tim Ingold, Loovers investigates the notion of reading life - land, water and weather as well as texts – and analyses the reading of texts as acts of conversations or correspondences.
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO AN EDUCATIONAL APPROACH. 1 Ecology, education, collaboration. 2 Trails to knowing. PART II: A SENTIENT HISTORY. 3 A growing world. 4 McDonald’s legacy, Gwich’in literacy. 5 Governing a land of resources. PART III: LOSING ELDERS, KEEPING LIFE GOING. 6 Education and language. 7 The healing land. PART IV: LIFE ON THE LAND. 8 Knowing wood. 9 Reading places and trails.
Jan Peter Laurens Loovers (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Project Curator for the Arctic Exhibition at The British Museum (UK) and Honorary Research Fellow at University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK).