In Twilight and in Dawn (McGill-Queen's Native and Northern by Barnett Richling

By Barnett Richling

while New Zealand-born and Oxford-educated anthropologist Diamond Jenness put aside hopes of establishing a profession within the South Pacific to hitch Vilhjalmur Stefansson's Canadian Arctic excursion, he had little thought of what lay forward. yet Jenness thrived less than the duress of that transformational adventure: the groundbreaking ethnographic paintings he complete, mentioned in humans of the Twilight and in sunrise in Arctic Alaska, proved to be an enduring contribution to twentieth-century anthropology, and the root of a profession he could dedicate to discovering Canada's first peoples. Barnett Richling attracts upon a wealth of documentary assets to make clear Jenness's tenure with the Anthropological department of the nationwide Museum of Canada - a forerunner of the Canadian Museum of Civilization - within which his investigations took him past the Arctic to seven First international locations groups from Georgian Bay to British Columbia's inside. Jenness was once popular as a pre-eminent student of Inuit tradition, yet he additionally stood out for the contributions his box paintings made to linguistics, ethnology, fabric tradition, and northerly archaeology. His tale can also be an institutional one: Jenness labored as a public servant at a time whilst the government spearheaded anthropological study, even if his abiding dedication to the 1st peoples of his followed place of birth positioned him at odds with Ottawa's method of aboriginal affairs. In Twilight and in sunrise is an exploration of 1 man's existence in anthropology, and of the stipulations - on the museum, at the reserves, in society's mainstream, and on this planet at huge - that encouraged and formed Jenness's contributions to technological know-how, to his career, and to public existence.

An informative research of the evolution of a self-discipline centred during the lifetime of one among its major practitioners, In Twilight and in sunrise is an illuminating examine anthropological inspiration and perform in Canada throughout the first half the 20 th century.

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