The Iconic North

Cultural Constructions of Aboriginal Life in Postwar Canada

Joan Sangster

  • Published: November 2016
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 336 pp., 17 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Resilient ideological assumptions, shifting economic priorities, and government policy in the postwar era influenced how northern culture was represented in popular Canadian imagery. In an enlightening exposure of Canada's cultural landscape, The Iconic North lays bare the relationship between settler nationbuilding and popular images of Aboriginal experience. Joan Sangster redirects current debates about the geopolitical prospects of the North by addressing how women and gender relations have played a key role in the history of northern development. She reveals how Indigenous and non-Indigenous women alike shaped gender, class, and political relationships in the circumpolar north - a region now commanding more of the world's attention.
Joan Sangster is professor of gender and women's studies at Trent University.