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Bringing Home Animals, 2nd edition

Mistissini Hunters of Northern Quebec

by (author) Adrian Tanner

Memorial University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2023
Cultural, Ecology, Indigenous Studies
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2023
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2014
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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.

About the author

Adrian Tanner was born in the UK and came to Canada as a young farm worker. He went on to work on weather stations in the Arctic, where he gained some familiarity with Inuit hunters. He attended UBC and McGill University, before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has been with the Anthropology Department at Memorial University since 1972, where he is now Honorary Research Professor. His current research interests are on the Indigenous peoples of Quebec, Labrador, and Northern Ontario, on such topics as social suffering, community healing, forestry, land tenure, politics, and the documentation of local knowledge. He has also conducted research outside Canada, especially on the people of the Colo Navosa region of Vitilevu, Fiji.

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  • Short-listed, Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing

Editorial Reviews

“A first-rate study...thought-provoking and provocative.”


“... breaks new ground.”

Edward S. Rogers, American Ethnologist

“[Tanner’s] lively writing provides the reader with a very rewarding experience...”