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The Social Work of Stories Fee, Margery


Marx classified "tricksters" like Coyote, the North American indigenous culture hero,as members of the Lumpenproletariat, and Adam Smith argued that the work of writers and actors was ephemeral. The Aboriginal storytellers here regard their stories as a form of wealth and their telling as useful work. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the Delgaamukw decision that oral stories could be entered into testimony in land claims hearings. This supports their position that stories can produce material wealth.

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