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Cis Dideen Kat (When the Plumes Rise): The Way of the Lake Babine Nation

Fiske, Jo-Anne;Patrick, Betty

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ISBN 10: 0774808128 / ISBN 13: 9780774808125
Editorial: Univ of British Columbia Press, Vancouver Canada, 2000
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Título: Cis Dideen Kat (When the Plumes Rise): The ...

Editorial: Univ of British Columbia Press, Vancouver Canada

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Soft

Condición del libro:Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Published with No Jacket

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The heart of the traditional legal order of the Lake Babine Nation of north-central British Columbia is the grand ceremonial feast known as the balhats, or potlatch. Misunderstood and widely condemned as a wasteful display of pride, the balhats ceremonies were outlawed by the Canadian government in the late nineteenth century. Throughout the years that followed, the Lake Babine Nation struggled to adapt their laws to a changing society while maintaining their cultural identity.

Although the widespread feasting and exchange practices of the balhats have attracted continuous academic and political interest since the nineteenth century, little consideration has been given to understanding the legal practices embedded within the ceremonies. Cis dideen kat, the only book ever written about the Lake Babine Nation, describes the customary legal practices that constitute "the way."

Authors Jo-Anne Fiske and Betty Patrick use historical and contemporary data to create a background against which the changing relations between the Lake Babine Nation and the Canadian state are displayed and defined, leading to the current era of treaty negotiations and Aboriginal self-government.

Through interviews with community chiefs and elders, oral histories, focus groups, and archival research, Fiske and Patrick have documented and defined a traditional legal system still very much misunderstood. Their findings include material not previously published, making this book essential reading for those involved in treaty negotiations as well as for those with an interest in Aboriginal and state relations generally.

Cis dideen kat was shortlisted for the 2001-2002 Harold Adams Innis Prize. AUTHORBIO: Jo-Anne Fiske teaches in the departments of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Betty Patrick is chief of the Lake Babine Nation.


Winner of the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry.

This book examines the Lake Babine Nation in north central British Columbia, considering its traditional legal order and the way that order determines the people?s identity and the nature of their involvement in current treaty negotiations.

Changing relations between the Natives and the Canadian state have resulted in a new awareness of customary legal orders. While such orders are often seen as a process by which the state can accommodate diverse approaches to judicial fairness and social justice, they also offer the means by which aboriginal nations can maintain their identity by sustaining a moral order in a viable, self-defined, and self-governed community. For the Lake Babine Nation, this moral order is defined by and lived through the feasting complex known as the bahlats, or potlatch system.

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