9 Miller’s treatment of Mistahi Muskwa is surprising, considering that it was published the same year as Shingwauk’s Vision , the most thorough and comprehensive study of Indian residential schools in Canada to date, and most noted for its good use of a wide range of Indigenous life histories and personal reminiscences. 10 Had Miller expended an iota of the energy seeking Native voices for Big Bear that he spent on Shingwauk’s Vision , the resulting treatment would have been much more balanced. The late F. Laurie Barron’s study of the ccf ’s Native policies is recent history. 11 The events he focused on occurred during the life- times of thousands of Aboriginal peoples in this province, but their voices are barely detectable. Walking in Indian Moccasins makes great tribute to the “significant contribution…made by the people who will- ingly participated in interviews recounting their personal experience and insights about the ccf, ” but there is little tangible evidence any- where in the book to support the author’s claim that the “views expressed by informants often shaped the content of the manuscript at critical points and provided a richness in detail unavailable in archival sources.” 12 Barron did little beyond the confines of archives and class- room. Of the four Native “informants” praised in the acknowledge- ments, only two were cited in the text, for one sentence each. 13 Data from two additional Native informants, previously interviewed by his 192 Winona Wheeler Copyright @ 2005. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher, except fair uses permitted under U.S. or applicable copyright law. EBSCO : eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) - printed on 8/3/2018 10:17 AM via UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG AN: 130295 ; McNab, David, Lischke, Ute.; Walking a Tightrope : Aboriginal People and Their Representations Account: s2143099.main.ehost
students, were also used a few times. 14 Given that many of us growing up in the 1960 s and earlier heard stories from our grandfathers about Tommy Douglas (some of us have cousins named Tommy), it is dis- heartening that the man our grandfathers personally knew, argued with, strategized with, bartered with, ate with, and laughed with, barely peeks through. Blair Stonechild and Bill Waiser’s Loyal till Death is the only Indian–white relations history text from Saskatchewan that relied on oral histories of distant historical events for its primary thesis. 15 Two sets of oral history interviews were conducted. The first set was col- lected by Wilfred Tootoosis in 1984 – 85 for the Saskatchewan Indian Fed- erated College and served as the basis for Stonechild’s Saskatchewan Indians and the Resistance of 1885: Two Case Studies .
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