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ERIC Number: EJ997324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Colluding with the Enemy?: Nationalism and Depictions of "Aboriginality" in Canadian Olympic Moments
Adese, Jennifer
American Indian Quarterly, v36 n4 p479-502 Fall 2012
The 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic closing ceremony, the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic opening ceremony, and the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremony in Vancouver each placed Indigenous peoples at the heart of its expressions of regional, provincial, and Canadian national identity in one form or another. Why is it that organizing committees view Indigenous peoples as central to Olympic ceremonies and as so seemingly central to the narratives of national identity produced during them? What is Canada trying to say about itself by insisting on Indigenous presence within the Olympic ceremonies when in so many other spaces in Canadian society they are purposefully invisibilized? In this article, the author discusses nationalism and depictions of "aboriginality" in Canadian Olympic moments. She argues that while earlier national narratives alluded to the racial superiority of "white" Canadians and their hand in subjugating/civilizing Indigenous populations, in recent decades it has become far less fashionable to insinuate such things. Canada has thus consistently drawn on the multiculturalist rhetoric (of equality) as a framework for narrating Canadian-Indigenous relations. The continuing investment of Canada in "Olympic Aboriginality," in using Indigenous peoples as symbols of Canada's uniqueness and diversity (key themes of multiculturalism), is a desire amplified in a climate of growing global competitiveness, and, as such, Canada has actively sought to repackage the nation's image "for commercial consumption and nostalgic renarration purged of historical responsibility." (Contains 69 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada