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Archaeologists studying human remains and burial sites of North Americas Indigenous peoples have discovered more than information about the beliefs and practices of cultures they have also found controversy. These Mysterious People shows how Western ideas and attitudes about Indigenous peoples have transformed one cultures ancestors burial grounds and possessions into another cultures specimens archaeological sites and ethnographic artifacts. Focusing on the Musqueam people and a contentious archaeological site in Vancouver These Mysterious People details the relationship between the Musqueam and researchers from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Susan Roy traces the historical development of competing understandings of the past and reveals how the Musqueam First Nation used information derived from archaeological nds to assist the larger recognition of territorial rights. She also details the ways in which Musqueam legal and cultural expressions of their own history such as land claim submissions petitions cultural displays and testimonies have challenged public accounts of Aboriginal occupation and helped to dene Aboriginal rights in Canada An important and engaging examination of methods of historical repre- sentation These Mysterious People analyzes the ways historical evidence material culture and places themselves have acquired legal and community authority. Susan Roy is assistant professor of history at the University of Waterloo. In the two centuries before the Quiet Revolution the people of Quebec exer- cised a higher degree of independence from the Catholic Church than is often presumed. Investigating rural Quebec from the mid-eighteenth century to the turn of the twentieth Frank Abbott argues convincingly that the obliga- tions and priorities of the Church did not unswervingly rule the lives of its parishioners. The Body or the Soul is a history of religious and cultural life in the parish of St-Joseph-de-Beauce. Drawing from their pastors detailed annual reports to the archbishops of Quebec St-Josephs parish registers contempo- rary accounts government censuses and the largely unexplored oral testi- mony on rural life and culture found in the Archives de folklore et ethnologie at Universit Laval Abbott assesses the nature and degree of inuence and control that the church exerted over the everyday lives of a rural Quebec community. He examines the telling details found in church building proj- ects the relationships between clergy and parishioners attendance at Sunday mass and catechism classes reception of communion the persistence of what the Church termed superstition traditional customs of sociability and the degree of control that the Church exerted over the communitys social and sexual behaviour. Rich with primary sources The Body or the Soul reveals the tensions between Catholicisms place in peoples lives and the independent spirit of a vigorous popular culture. Frank A. Abbott is a retired professor of history at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 3 1 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queens Studies in the History of Religion May 2016 978-0-7735-4711-7 100.00S 100.00S 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 392pp 15 photos 7 maps 10 diagrams 7 tables Ebook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queens Native and Northern Series May 2016 978-0-7735-4710-0 29.95A 29.95A 20.99 paper 6 x 9 256pp 39 bw photos Ebook available These Mysterious People Shaping History and Archaeology in a Northwest Coast Community Second edition susan roy With new prefaces by Jordon Wilson and Jill Campbell Roys excellent book will encourage readers to rethink their understandings of colonial excavations and land appropriation. The British Columbian Quarterly The Body or the Soul Religion and Culture in a Quebec Parish 17361901 frank a. abbott How a Quebec community fashioned a resilient balance between freedom and faith out of their culture and their Catholicism. C A N A D I A N H I S T O R Y I N D I G E N O U S S T U D I E S C A N A D I A N H I S T O R Y R E L I G I O U S S T U D I E S