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ACCI flows from the knowledge that Cree culture must be captured, maintained, shared, celebrated, and practiced. Cree Elders have spoken of the need for a central place for the protection of the way, and have developed a vision for Aanischaaukamikw over several decades.

Sep 15, 2014

Dr. Harvey Feit donates Hunters’ Diaries to ACCI

Anthropologist Dr. Harvey Feit is a name known well in Eeyou Istchee.  He was involved with the James Bay Northern Québec Agreement negotiations and has been doing field work in Waswanipi since the 1960s.

This August, Dr. Feit and his wife Lise came to visit us in Oujé-Bougoumou, and made a series of donations, including 31 Hunters’ Diaries, to the ACCI archives.  These diaries hold an important place in Eeyou Istchee history as they were used as evidence during the JBNQA hearings in the 1970s.  At the moment, three of the diaries are on display in our exhibit Reclaiming the Ways of Our Ancestors. In addition to the diaries, Dr. Feit has donated many photographs and material that will be open for future research.

Here is a link of an actual diary display in the museum:

To read about Dr. Feit’s last donation, see our blog post from 2013:

To learn more about the JBNQA check out this video.