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Written as I Remember It

Teachings (??ms t???w) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Written as I Remember It

Teachings (??ms t???w) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder

Long before vacationers discovered BC’s Sunshine Coast, the Sliammon, a Coast Salish people, called the region home. In this remarkable book, Sliammon elder Elsie Paul collaborates with a scholar, Paige Raibmon, and her granddaughter, Harmony Johnson, to tell her life story and the history of her people, in her own words and storytelling style. Raised by her grandparents who took her on their seasonal travels, Paul spent most of her childhood learning Sliammon ways, teachings, and stories and is one of the last surviving mother-tongue speakers of the Sliammon language. She shares this traditional knowledge with future generations in Written as I Remember It.

468 pages


Table of Contents

A Note on the Sliammon Language / Honoré Watanabe

Introduction: Listening to ??ms t???w / Paige Raibmon

Where I Come From

1 The Territory and People

Legends: A Man Taken by the Seal Family | Twins Are Gifted

Child

2 Life with My Grandparents

Sliammon Narrative: They Invited Them to a Feast

3 Teachings on Learning

Legends: Mink and Cloud | Mink and Salal | Mink and Eagle | Mink and Pitch | Mink and Grizzly

4 Residential School

Legend: t’?l (The Wild Man of the Woods)

Mother

5 Teachings for Moms

Legend: The Young Girl and Eleven Puppies

6 Married Life

Sliammon Narrative: q??l c’? t?wO?m k?ut t?m?s (They [Spirits] Just Came and Told You Something)

7 Teachings on Grief

8 Community Work

Legends: Mink and Whale | Mink and Wolf

Chi-chia

9 Naming My Family

10 Healing Work

Sliammon Narrative: c’?hc?h? cx? k’??n?tomo? (You Thank the One Who Looks after All of Us)

11 Teachings on Spirituality

Thoughts about Ma / Cliff Paul

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