Object Lives and Global Histories in North America
Material Culture in Motion, c. 1780-1980
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.
Contains written work by McCord Museum curators:
- Cynthia Cooper (Head, Collections and Research; Curator, Dress, Fashion and Textiles)
- Jonathan Lainey (Curator, Indigenous Cultures)
Product information :
- Editors : Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers and Anne Whitelaw
- Publisher : McGill-Queen's University Press
- In English Only
- 560 pages
- Dimensions: 19 x 3 x 24 cm / 7.5" x 1.18" x9.45"
- ISBN: 9780228003991