Be of Good Mind
336 pages, 6 x 9
15 b&w illustrations, 13 maps
Release Date:01 Jan 2008
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Release Date:01 Jan 2008

Be of Good Mind

Essays on the Coast Salish

UBC Press

In this book, anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, linguists, and Aboriginal leaders describe the Coast Salish, Aboriginal peoples living in western British Columbia and Washington State. They focus on how Coast Salish lives and identities have been influences by the two colonizing nations and on by shifting Aboriginal circumstances. The volume builds on new scholarship to move beyond existing academic views of the Coast Salish, which largely derive from ecological anthropology, in creating a new view of the Coast Salish world.

Contributors point to the continual reshaping of Coast Salish identities and our understandings of them through litigation and language revitalization, as well as community efforts to reclaim their connections with the environment. Equally important is the development of much more detailed local and regional history and archaeology. They point to significant continuity of networks of kinfolk, spiritual practices, and understandings of landscape.

This is the first book-length effort to directly incorporate Aboriginal perspectives and a broad interdisciplinary approach to research about the Coast Salish.

Readers interested in Aboriginal history and contemporary issues, in ethnographic methods, and cross-border studies will be engaged. So, too, will those concerned with identity, relations between Aboriginal communities and academics, and the relationships between scholarly disciplines.


Introduction / Bruce Granville Miller

1 Coast Salish History / Alexandra Harmon

2 The Not So Common / Daniel Boxberger

3 We have to Take Care of Everything That Belongs to Us / Nxaxalhts'I, also known as Albert (Sonny) McHalsie

4 To Honour our Ancestors We Become Visible Again / Raymond (Rocky) Wilson

5 Toward an Indigenous Historiography: Events, Migrations, and the Formation of “Post-Contact” Coast Salish Collective Identities / Keith Thor Carlson

6 “I can lift her up ...”: Fred Ewen’s Narrative Complexity / Crisca Bierwert

7. Language Revival Programs of the Nooksack Tribe and the Stó:lo Nation / Brent Galloway

8. Stó:lo Identity and the Cultural Landscape of S’ólh Téméxw / Dave Schaepe

9. Conceptions of Coast Salish warfare, or Coast Salish Pacifism Reconsidered: Archaeology, History, and Ethnography / Bill Angelbeck

10. Consuming the Recent for Constructing the Ancient: The Role of Ethnography in Coast Salish Archaeological Interpretation / Colin Grier

Contributors; Index

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