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An Abenaki born in St Francis Quebec Noel Annance 17921869 by virtue of two of his great-grandparents having been early white captives attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Determined to apply his privileged education he was caught between two ways of being neither of which accepted him among their numbers. Despite outstanding service as an ofcer in the War of 1812 Annance was too Indigenous to be allowed to succeed in the far west fur trade and too schooled in outsiders ways to be accepted by those in charge on returning home. Annance did not crumple but all his life dared the promise of literacy on his own behalf and on that of Indige- nous peoples more generally. His doing so is tracked through his writings to government of- cials and others some of which are reproduced in the text. Annances life makes visible how the exclusionary policies towards Indigenous peoples generally considered to have originated with the Indian Act of 1876 were being put in place a half century earlier. On account of his literacy Annances story can be told. Recounting a life marked equally by suc- cess and failure and by perseverance Abenaki Daring speaks to similar barriers that to this day impede many educated Indigenous persons from realizing their life goals. To dare is no less essen- tial than it was for Noel Annance. Jean Barman is professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. From the book Abenaki daring and its counterpart of Indigenous daring have taken many forms. Noel Annance dared in a major battle of the War of 1812 and in seeking to make a career for himself in the far west fur trade but much more importantly he dared with his pen. Made aware in midlife that to be as he was highly educated and Indigenous was a wholly different proposition than to be highly educated and white he returned home. From the Abenaki stronghold of St Francis Quebec he wrote to those in charge of a Canada in the making respecting both Indigenous peoples and his own search for belonging. Noel dared them to read what they did not want to hear. He dared them to consider that there might be a different way ahead. 8 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 I N D I G E N O U S S T U D I E S B I O G R A P H Y Abenaki Daring The Life and Writings of Noel Annance 17921869 jean barman The life and work of an Abenaki man illuminate the troubled history of Indigenous peoples. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queens Native and Northern Series October 2016 978-0-7735-4792-6 39.95T CDN 39.95T US 30.99 cloth 6 x 9 392pp 2 maps 12 photos Ebook available