Paying The Land
ISBN: 1627799036
EAN13: 9781627799034
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 7, 2020
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1" H x 10.5" L x 7.38" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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NAMED A BEST BOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, THE BROKLYN RAIL, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, POP MATERS, COMICS BEAT, AND PUBLISHERS WEKLY

From the heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman (Economist), a masterful work of comics journalism about indigenous North America, resource extraction, and our debt to the natural world

The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the land owns them, not the other way around, and it is central to their livelihood and very way of being. But the subarctic Canadian Northwest Territories are home to valuable resources, including oil, gas, and diamonds. With mining came jobs and investment, but also road-building, pipelines, and toxic waste, which scarred the landscape, and alcohol, drugs, and debt, which deformed a way of life.

In Paying the Land, Joe Sacco travels the frozen North to reveal a people in conflict over the costs and benefits of development. The mining boom is only the latest assault on indigenous culture: Sacco recounts the shattering impact of a residential school system that aimed to remove the Indian from the child; the destructive process that drove the Dene from the bush into settlements and turned them into wage laborers; the government land claims stacked Read More chevron_right

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