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Cultural Persistence: Continuity in Meaning and Moral Responsibility Among the Bearlake Athapaskans
by Scott Rushforth and James S. Chisholm
University of Arizona Press, 1991
Cloth: 978-0-8165-1241-6 | eISBN: 978-0-8165-5133-0
Library of Congress Classification E99.B376R87 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 971.2

The Bearlake Athapaskan-speaking Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories have valued industriousness, generosity, individual autonomy, and emotional restraint for many generations. They also highly esteem "control" in human thought and behavior. The latter value integrates the others in a coherent framework of moral responsibility that persists as a central feature of Bearlake culture. Rushforth here provides an ethnographic description and analysis of these beliefs and values, which considers their relationship to examples of Bearlake social behavior.

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