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Adrian Tanner

Adrian TannerEducation

  • BA, British Columbia, 1964
  • MA, British Columbia, 1966
  • PhD, Toronto, 1976


  • Honorary Research Professor

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Research Interests

Symbolic and social anthropology, North American aboriginal peoples; religion, ritual and symbolism, colonialism, aboriginal rights, non-Western land tenure and political development, subsistence economics and indigenous knowledge; Canada, Oceania.

Selected Publications


1997 [1995]

  • (with John C. Kennedy, Gordon Inglis and Susan McCorquodale) ‘Aboriginal Peoples and Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador’. In: Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples,  For Seven Generations: An Information Legacy of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Ottawa, Libraxus Inc. [CD-ROM]


  • Bringing Home Animals.  Religious Ideology and Mode of Production of the Mistassini Cree Hunters London, Hurst Publishers; St. John’s, Institute of Social and Economic Research; New York, St. Martin’s Press.


  • Trappers, Hunters and Fishermen; Wildlife Utilization in the Yukon.  Ottawa, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Northern Co-ordination and Research Centre.




  • ‘The Representation Of Local Indigenous Knowledge. In: Karen Hardy (ed.) Archaeological Invisibility and Forgotten Knowledge. Conference Proceedings, 5 - 8 Sept 2007, University of Lodz, Poland. Oxford, Archaeopress, BAR International Series 2183.
  • Brent Kuefler, Adrian Tanner, and David C. Natcher  ‘Capacity-Building Moose Cree Style: Moose Cree Strategies for Becoming a Goose Hunter’ In Planning Co-existence: Aboriginal Issues in Forest and Land Use Planning. Marc G. Stevenson and David C. Natcher (editors) Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press.


  • with Berkes, Fikret, Iain Davidson-Hunt, Nathan Deutsch,   Catie Burlando, Andrew Miller, Charlie Peters, Paddy Peters, Richard Preston, Jim Robson, Matthew Strang, Lillian Trapper, Ronald Trosper, and John Turner. ‘Institutions for Algonquian Land Use: Change, Continuity, and Implications for Forest Management’. In Changing the Culture of Forestry in Canada: Engaging Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in Sustainable Forest Management.  M.G. Stevenson and D. Natcher, eds.  Pp. 35-52.  Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press.

  • ‘From Fur to Fir: In Consideration of a Cree Family Territory System of Environmental Stewardship’. In Changing the Culture of Forestry in Canada: Engaging Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in Sustainable Forest Management.  M.G. Stevenson and D. Natcher, eds.  Pp. 53-62. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press.


  • 'Aboriginal Social Suffering and the Quebec Cree Healing Movement' in Kirmayer, L.J., & Valaskakis, G. (eds.) Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Canadian Aboriginal Peoples, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.


  • ‘The Nature of Quebec Cree Animist Practices and Beliefs’. In Frédéric B. Laugrand and Jarich G. Oosten La nature des esprits dans les cosmologies autochtones / Nature of Spirits in Aboriginal Cosmologies. Québec, Les Presses de la Université Laval

  • ‘On Understanding Too Quickly. Colonial and Post-Colonial Misrepresentation of Indigenous Fijian Land Tenure.’ Human Organization. 66(1).


  • ‘Innu Indians’; ‘Mi’kmaq Indians’; ‘Mohegan Indians’. The World Book Encyclopedia, pages 276, 540, 688. Chicago, World Book Publishing.


  • ‘The Cosmology of Nature: Cultural Divergence and the Metaphysics of Community Healing’ in John Clammer, Eric Schwimmer and Sylvie Poirier (eds.) Figured Worlds. Ontological Obstacles to Intercultural Relations. Toronto, University of Toronto Press. 


  • ‘The Double Bind of Aboriginal Self Government’ in Scott, Colin (ed.) Aboriginal Autonomy And Development In Northern Quebec and Labrador. Vancouver, UBC Press, Chapter 21, pp. 396-414.


  • (Third author with Laurence Kirmayer, Lucy Boothroyd, Naomi Adelson and Elizabeth Robinson) ‘Psychological Distress Among the Cree of James Bay’ Transcultural Psychiatry 37(1):35-56.

  • ‘The Innu of Labrador’ In Freeman, Milton (ed.) Endangered Peoples of the Arctic. Struggles to Survive and Thrive. Westport, Greenwood. Pp 75-92.

  • ‘The Impact in Newfoundland and Labrador’ in Owen Lippert (ed.) Beyond the Nass Valley. National Implications of the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw Decision. Vancouver, The Fraser Institute. Pp. 377-386.


  • ‘Culture, Social Change and Cree Opposition to the James Bay Hydro-Electric Development' in Hornig, James (ed.) Social and Environmental Impacts of the James Bay Hydroelectric Project. Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press.


  • ‘The Aboriginal Peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador and Confederation’ Newfoundland Studies 14(2):238-52.

  • ‘Research on Mental Health Issues in Aboriginal Communities: How Can it be Useful?’ in Oblin, Caroline, Laurence Kirmayer, Kathryn Gill and Elizabeth Robinson (eds.) Widening the Circle: Collaborative Research for Mental Health Promotion in Native Communities, Proceedings of a conference organized by the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit. Montreal, McGill University.


  • ‘Loin des yeux, loin du coeur. Terre-Neuve et l’administration des Innus du Labrador’ Recherches Amerindiennes au Quebec. 27(1):19-31.


  • Colo Navosa; Local History and the Social Construction of Region in interior Vitilevu, Fiji.’ Oceania 66(3):230-251.

  •  ‘Algonquian Land Tenure and State Structures in the North’ in Corrigan, S. W. and Joe Sawchuck (eds.) The Recognition of Aboriginal Rights.  Brandon, Bearpaw Publishing. [Reprint of the 1983 journal article with the same title.]


  • ‘History and Culture in the Generation of Ethnic Nationalism’ Michael Levin (ed.) Aboriginality and Ethnicity. Toronto, University of Toronto Press.


  • (with Sakej Henderson) ‘Aboriginal Land Claims in the Atlantic Provinces’ in Ken Coates (ed.) Aboriginal Land Claims in Canada. Toronto, Copp Clark Pittman.

  • (with Paul Charest) ‘Présentation. La reconquête du pouvoir par les autochtones’ Anthropologie et Sociétés 16(3):5-16.

  • ‘Occupation du territoire: la définition du mot occupation, en tenant compte du pouvoire spirituel d’appropriation.’ in Hydro-Québec, Vice-présidence Environnement, Project d’aménagement des rivières Nottaway, Broadback et Rupert, La Variabilité de la notion de territoire. Actes d’un symposium sur la notion du territore, Rapport final préliminaire  Anexe 1.

  • ‘Le Pouvoir et les peuples du quart monde’ Anthropologie et Sociétés 16(3):17-36.


  • ‘Northern Political Solidarities: Groupings, Representations, Interests and Ideologies.’ in O. Bausk (ed.) Ways of Political Development of Indigenous Peoples of the North. Novosibirsk, Russia: Institute of Philosophy and Law, USSR Academy of Sciences. 
  • `Spatial Organization in Social Formation and Symbolic Action: Fijian and Canadian Examples.’ in Gron, O, E. Engelstad and I. Lindblom (eds.) Social Space. Human Spatial Behaviour in Dwellings and Settlements. Odense, Denmark; Odense University Press.


  • ‘Northern Indigenous Cultures in the Face of Development’ in Saunders, J. Owen, The Legal Challenge of Sustainable Development. Calgary, Canadian Institute of Resources Law.


  • ‘The Significance of Hunting Territories Today.’  In Cox, B. (ed.) Native People, Native Lands. Ottawa, Carleton University Press. [This is a substantial revision of the 1973 paper with the same title (see below).]


  • `The New Hunting Territory Debate: An Introduction to some Unresolved Issues.’ in ‘Who Owns the Beaver? Northern Algonquian Land Tenure Reconsidered’, Anthropologica n.s. 28(1-2):19-36.


  • ‘Montagnais-Naskapi.’  The Canadian Encyclopaedia.  Edmonton, Hurtig. [There is also a revised version of this article published by McLellan and Stewart in the second edition].


  • ‘Notes on the Ceremonial Hide of the Quebec-Labrador Innuts.’  In Cowan, W. (ed.) Papers of the Fifteenth  Algonquian Conference.  Ottawa, Carleton University.


  • ‘The End of Fur Trade History.’ Queen’s Quarterly 90(1):176-91.


  • ‘Introduction.  Canadian Indians and the Politics of  Dependency.’  In Tanner, A. (ed.) The Politics of Indian­ness.  Case Studies in Native Ethnopolitics in Canada.  St. John’s, Institute of Social and Economic Research, pp. 1-36.

  •  ‘Algonquian Land Tenure and State Structures in the North.’ The Canadian Journal of Native Studies  3(2):311-320.


  • ‘La Politique du Quartrieme Monde et les Autochtones de Canada.’  Anthropologies et Societes 4(3):45-58.


  • ‘Game Shortage and the Inland Fur Trade in Northern Quebec, 1915 to 1940.’  In Cowan, W. (ed.)  Papers of the Ninth Algonquian Conference.  Ottawa, Carleton.

  • ‘Divinations and Decisions: Multiple Explanations for Algonquian Scapulamancy’.  Yearbook of Symbolic Anthropol­ogy 1978.  Montreal, McGill-Queen’s, pp. 89-101.


  • ‘The Hidden Feast.  Eating and Ideology among the Mistassini Cree.  In Cowan, W. (ed.)  Papers of the Sixth Algonquian Conference.  Ottawa, National Museums of Canada, Mercury Series, pp. 291-313.


  • ‘The Significance of Hunting Territories Today.’  In Cox, B. (ed.) Cultural Ecology:  Readings on the Canadian Indians and Eskimos.  Toronto, McLellan and Stewart, pp. 101-114.


  • ‘Existent-ils des Territoires de Chasse?’  Recherches Amerin­diennes au Quebec 1 (4-5): 69-83.


  • ‘Occupation and Life Style in Two Minority Communities.’  In Chance, N.A. (ed.) Conflict in Culture:  Problems of Develop­mental Change among the Cree. Ottawa, Canadian Research Centre.