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Fraser Canyon Histories 1808-1939
Andrea Laforet   Annie York  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 9/11/1998
ISBN: 9780774806664    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/2/1999
ISBN: 9780774806671    

296 Pages


About the Book

• Winner, 2000 Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE

Living on the banks of the turbulent Fraser River, the Nlaka'pamux people of Spuzzum have a long history of contact with non-aboriginal peoples. They watched as Hudson's Bay Company employees hacked a path through the mountains for the fur brigades, and over time they found themselves in the path of the Cariboo road, the CPR, and virtually every commercial and province-building initiative undertaken in the region over the past two centuries. Juxtaposing historical narratives and cultural interpretation from the community of Spuzzum with archival information, this book explores the history of Spuzzum in the light of concepts central to the Nlaka'pamux definition of family, political authority, land, and cosmos.

About the Author(s)

Andrea Laforet is director of the Canadian Ethnology Service at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Annie York (1904-91) was born in Spuzzum and lived there most of her adult life.

Table of Contents

Note on Authorship

Fraser Canyon Histories: Introduction

1. Spuzzum
2. Song for Simon Fraser, Song for Mount Baker: Strangers in the Land
3. Land and Cosmos in a Shifting Economy
4. Nlaka'pamux Thought and the Christian Church
5. Families, Identities, and a War Widow's Pension
6. Chiefs and Land
7. A Pause in the Story
8. Postscript: Approaching the Past

Appendix: Place Names


This text is lucid and jargon-free, and the photographs interesting and well placed… Spuzzum will certainly be of interest to anthropologists, local historians, and specialists who have been following the debate on the writing of Native history.
-- Kerry Abel, CBRA 4163

A sympathetic re-creation of the native side of that history. This is a model ethnohistory and a superb commentary on the complexities of being both historian and anthropologist…. This finely crafted book boasts good maps, numerous illustrations…
-- Choice

This book stands as part of an ongoing awareness of Native cultural persistence, alongside a long history of adaptation to the Euro-Canadian economy and society.
-- Robert Campbell, Western Historical Quarterly

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Native Studies > Canada
History > Canada
Aboriginal Studies
BC Studies
BC Studies > Native Studies
BC Studies > History

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