Andersen, Raoul Randall, 1936-. An inquiry into the political and economic structures of the Alexis Band of Wood Stoney Indians, 1880-1964

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Chapter I The Problem And Approach

I. The Problem

Statement Of The Problem

Importance Of The Study

Ii. Definitions

Sociocultural System


Social Structure

Economic Structure

Political Structure

Iii. Level Of Analysis 25

Iv. Method And Data

V. Outline Of The Study

Chapter Ii Background

Cultural Position

Role Of The Buffalo In Pre-reserve Alexis Stoney Economy

Role Of The Horse In Pre-reserve Alexis Economy

Geographical Environment

Pre-reserve Environment

Reserve Geographical Environment


The Reservation Period

Alexis Band Population Data


Chapter Iii The Structure Of Alexis Stoney Society

The Household

The Camp

The Band



Western Society

Western Settlers And Settlements

The Government

Formal Education

The Missionary Influence



Chapter Iv Changes In Alexis Stoney Political Structure

The Pre-reserve Period

Government Trusteeship, 1877–1957

Elected Leadership And Enlarged Band Council Authority, 1958–1964


Chapter V Changes In Alexis Stoney Economic Structure

Pre-reserve Period

Agricultural Period I, 1881–1901

Non-agricultural Interlude, 1902–1912

Agricultural Period Ii, 1913–1934

Increased Economic Alternatives And Dependency, 1935–1964


Chapter Vi Summary And Conclusions

Cultural Position Of The Alexis Stoney

Relationship Between Alexis Stoney Political And Economic Structures

Changes In Political Structure In 1877

Changes In Economic Structure In 1881

Changes In Economic Structure In 1902

Changes In Economic Structure In 1913

Changes In Economic Structure In 1935

Changes In Political Structure In 1958

General Implications

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Title: An inquiry into the political and economic structures of the Alexis Band of Wood Stoney Indians, 1880-1964

Published By: Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms Inc., 1968 [2000 copy]. viii, 270 p.

By line: Raoul Randall Andersen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Stoney (NF12)

Subjects: Food quest (220); Animal husbandry (230); Agriculture (240); Production and supply (433); Ethnic stratification (563); Public welfare (657); Community heads (622); Community councils (623);

Abstract: This is a dissertation on the Alexis Band of the Stoney Indians in Alberta, based on fieldwork carried out over three summers, 1964-1966. Andersen discusses and compares the political, social, and economic structure of the Alexis society in the Pre-Reserve period prior to 1877, the period of Government Trusteeship (1877-1957), and the more recent period of Band Council Leadership. Leadership gradually changed hands from the elder camp leaders to young bilingual members of the Band Council. Also the key social unit changed from a camp group to nuclear family. In the middle period, the government failed in their attempt to change the Alexis subsistence base from hunter-gatherers to farmers and ranchers. Education, medical care, and wage labor have favored a more settled existence, especially among the young and old. Andersen also discusses the Alexis relations with the surrounding white communities.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: nf12-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: UM 68-12,480. Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Missouri, Columbia, 1968 Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-269)

Field Date: 1964-1966

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1778-1964

Coverage Place: Alberta, Canada

LCSH: Assiniboine Indians


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