The Canadian sub-arctic is a world of forest, prairie and muskeg; of rainbow trout, moose, and caribou; of Indian hunters and trappers.
It is also a world of boomtowns and bars, oil rigs and seismic soundings; of white energy speculators, ranchers and sports hunters.
Hugh Brody came to this dual wold with the job of 'mapping' the lands of northwest British Columbia as well as the way of life of a small group of Beaver Indians with a viable hunting economy living in the path of a projected oil pipeline.
Maps and Dreams is his account of an extraordinary 18-month journey through the world of a people who have no intention of vanishing into the past.
Brody's powerful commentary retraces the history of the ever-expanding white frontier, from the first 18th-century explorer to the wildest corporate energy dreams of the present day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, maps
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 04/03/2002
- Category: Social issues & processes
- ISBN: 9780571209675
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Review by Polaris-
A very moving examination of a way of life under threat from the continuing White settlement and commercial expansion and exploitation of natural resources in northeast British Columbia, Canada. Brody's insight is coloured by his 18 month sojourn with the First Nation bands of the area. The chapters alternate between his beautifully and respectfully written accounts of various key moments in the annual season, with relevant essays exploring in some detail the different aspects of the historic betrayals and increasing pressures and restrictions on the Indians' way of living on their own land.An early chapter retells a hunting trip to the Bluestone area. The dreams of the hunters play their part in guiding the itinerary, and the soul of these men and women is conveyed to the reader with considerable art and delicacy by Hugh Brody.Occasionally becomes a touch dry with some of the extensive detail covering the Indian economy , but on the whole the book is very informative and written with passion and sensitivity for the subject. I now plan on reading Brody's 'The Other Side Of Eden'.