Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c.1780 - 1980 (McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History #32) (Paperback)

Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c.1780 - 1980 (McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History #32) By Beverly Lemire (Editor), Laura Peers (Editor), Anne Whitelaw (Editor) Cover Image
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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.

About the Author


Beverly Lemire is professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. Laura Peers is professor emerita of museum anthropology, curator emerita (Americas collections), Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, and adjunct professor in the School for the Study of Canada and the Department of Anthropology, Trent University. Anne Whitelaw is associate professor of art history at Concordia University.

Praise For…


“Ultimately, Object Lives and Global Histories provides a broader appreciation of multidisciplinary approaches to Indigenous material cultures. It also encourages scholars, museum workers, and others to delve deep, to engage in slow or concentrated looking and multi-sensory explorations, as well as multi-vocal dialogues—to listen, to learn, and to honour the abundance of knowledges that function outside the walls of the museums, the archives, and institutional frameworks. It offers insights as to how decentre and reframe historical analyses of objects by bringing lives to bear on their existence.” RACAR

“Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America demonstrates how objects can be related to such diverse themes as status, masculinity, imperial and diplomatic relations, craftsmanship, perseverance of Indigenous traditions, cultural hybridity, personal relationships and gift-giving, consumerism, ways of knowing, and health and healing. It is a sustained application of material culture theory to a diverse range of Indigenous material culture that keeps the objects front and centre.” Michelle Hamilton, University of Western Ontario

“This beautifully produced, well-illustrated collection is an important contribution to thinking about material culture and human networks, bringing together a powerful compilation of scholarship and objects from northern North America. This beautifully produced, well-illustrated collection is an important contribution to thinking about material culture and human networks, bringing together a powerful compilation of scholarship and objects from northern North America. Highly recommended.” Choice

“It's a pleasure to see so many works of art that are in general not well known outside Italy discussed intelligently; and the book's thesis rings true. Broadly, it argues that in asserting the patriotic nobility of traditional gender roles, Fascism stiffened the sinews of the patriarchy; and that although postwar affluence, technological progress and a measure of social change afforded those who did most of the work in the home – chiefly women, in Italy as elsewhere – a measure of freedom, their agency in their own lives, their freedom to do certain things and their freedom from certain oppressions, were sorely circumscribed.” Times Literary Supplement


Product Details
ISBN: 9780228003991
ISBN-10: 0228003997
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: January 21st, 2021
Pages: 560
Language: English
Series: McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History