Bringing Home Animals, 2nd edition
Mistissini Hunters of Northern Quebec
The ground-breaking anthropological study of the intricate lives of Mistissini Iinuu (Cree) hunters in Northern Quebec.
- Short-listed, Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing 2015
Bringing Home Animals is an ethnography detailing what the author learned as a result of travelling and working with Iinuu (Cree) hunters and their families in Northern Quebec. The study was conducted from 1969–1971, and is a rich example of subsistence hunting in an Indigenous territory. The second edition revisits and updates contextual material following the construction of the James Bay hydroelectric project in the region, while preserving the original argument. Bringing Home Animals explores the way of life of the Mistissini Iinuu hunters, their understanding of and adaptation to the ecology of their hunting grounds, their subsistence-based economy and its relation to market production, their land tenure system, the impact of external agencies on them, and their rich spiritual and symbolic life, particularly the rituals that show respect for the animals before, during, and following the hunt.
“. .. breaks new ground. ”- Edward S. Rogers, American Ethnologist
“A first-rate study. ..thought-provoking and provocative. ”- Charles A. Bishop
“[Tanner’s] lively writing provides the reader with a very rewarding experience. ..”- Claude Lévi-Strauss