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Distorted descent : white claims to indigenous identity

Author: Darryl Leroux
Publisher: Winnipeg, Manitoba : University of Manitoba Press, 2019.
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"Distorted Descent examines a social phenomenon that has taken off in the twenty-first century: otherwise white, French descendant settlers in Canada shifting into a self-defined "Indigenous" identity. This study is not about individuals who have been dispossessed by colonial policies, or the multi-generational efforts to reconnect that occur in response. Rather, it is about white, French-descendant people  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Genealogy
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Leroux, Darryl, 1978-
Distorted descent.
Winnipeg, Manitoba : University of Manitoba Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1090688334
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Darryl Leroux
ISBN: 9780887555961 0887555969 9780887555947 0887555942
OCLC Number: 1102671248
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Lineal Descent and the Political Use of Indigenous Women Ancestors --
Aspirational Descent: Creating Indigenous Women Ancestors --
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Lateral Descent: Remaking Family in the Past --
After Powley: Anti-Indigenous Activism and Becoming Métis in Two Regions of Quebec --
The Largest Self-Identified Métis Organization in Canada: The Métis Nation of the Rising Sun --
White Claims to Indigenous Identity.
Responsibility: Darryl Leroux.

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"Distorted Descent examines a social phenomenon that has taken off in the twenty-first century: otherwise white, French descendant settlers in Canada shifting into a self-defined "Indigenous" identity. This study is not about individuals who have been dispossessed by colonial policies, or the multi-generational efforts to reconnect that occur in response. Rather, it is about white, French-descendant people discovering an Indigenous ancestor born 300 to 375 years ago through genealogy and using that ancestor as the sole basis for an eventual shift into an "Indigenous" identity today. After setting out the most common genealogical practices that facilitate race shifting, Leroux examines two of the most prominent self-identified "Indigenous" organizations currently operating in Quebec. Both organizations have their origins in committed opposition to Indigenous land and territorial negotiations, and both encourage the use of suspect genealogical practices. Distorted Descent brings to light to how these claims to an "Indigenous" identity are then used politically to oppose actual, living Indigenous peoples, exposing along the way the shifting politics of whiteness, white settler colonialism, and white supremacy."--

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