Before Farming

Richard Lee's contributions to anthropological understanding of the really ‘Real’ western Subarctic Dineh culture in the 20th century

Before Farming (2007), 2007, (3), 1–9.

Abstract

This paper presents a personal appreciation of the contribution that Richard Lee has made to my understanding of western Subarctic Dineh societies. It will range from understanding the introduction of locks to village communities and the real existence of a ‘real world’ regardless of the post-modern unreal sensibility of consumer capitalism, to the importance of community engagement and the moral positioning of the anthropologist. It will also consider the continuing existence of hunting-gathering lives in the western Subarctic, regardless of the ‘other's’ opinion of what they might think they are because young people dance to hip-hop music, on which it will also comment.

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Easton, Norman