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Eagle Down Is Our Law By Antonia Mills

Eagle Down Is Our Law by Antonia Mills

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The struggle of the Witsuwit'en peoples to establish the meaning of aboriginal rights.

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Eagle Down Is Our Law: Witsuwit'en Law, Feasts, and Land Claims by Antonia Mills

Eagle Down Is Our Law is about the struggle of the Witsuwit'en peoples to establish the meaning of aboriginal rights. With the neighbouring Gitksan, the Witsuwit'en launched a major land claims court case asking for the ownership and jurisdiction of 55,000 square kilometers of land in north-central British Columbia that they claim to have held since before the arrival of the Europeans. In conjunction with that court case, the Gitksan and Witsuwit'en asked a number of expert witnesses, among them Antonia Mills, an anthropologist, to prepare reports on their behalf. Her report, which instructs the judge in the case on the laws, feasts, and institutions of the Witsuwit'en, is presented here. Her testimony is based on two years of participant observation with the Witsuwit'en peoples and on her reading of the anthropological, historic, archaeological, and linguistic data about the Witsuwit'en.

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UBC Press is to be commended for putting together a fine book. The numerous prologues and forwards help the reader put Ms. Mills' testimony into legal and cultural context. As for Ms. Mills' testimony itself, I am quite confident that it will ultimately emerge as a far more noble and respectable document than Chief Justice McEachern's judgment. -- Edward Morawski * The Graduate *
In ongoing discussions of the role of expert witnessing, this book will remain a significant contribution. -- Julie Cruikshank * Western Historical Quarterly *
Eagle Down is Our Law ... marks the start of an era in which First Nations will increasingly produce their own representations of their social institutions and histories. Mill's book provides an opportunity for non-Natives to begin to develop an understanding of the nature and operation of Witsuwit'en society. -- Kevin Washbrook * BC Studies *

About Antonia Mills

Antonia Mills is associate professor in the First Nations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Disdaywa (Alfred Joseph)

Foreword / Mas Gak (Don Ryan)

Preface / Michael Kew

Preface / Michael Jackson



1 The Nature of Witsuwit'en Society

2 The Nature and Function of the Witsuwit'en Feast

3 Genesis of the Witsuwit'en

4 Witsuwit'en Institutions

5 Witsuwit'en Law

6 The Witsuwit'en Interface with the World





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Eagle Down Is Our Law: Witsuwit'en Law, Feasts, and Land Claims by Antonia Mills
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