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Be of Good Mind

Essays on the Coast Salish

In this book, anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, linguists, and Aboriginal leaders focus on how Coast Salish lives and identities have been influenced by the two colonizing nations (Canada and the US) and by shifting Aboriginal circumstances. 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. 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.

336 pages

Table of Contents


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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