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A Review of Storyeum in Vancouver’s Historic/Touristic of Gastown

PDF – Stanley Review Essay, BC Studies 145, Spring 2005

By Meg Stanley

Book Review

Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada

THE TASK APPEARS straightforward – in this case, to read W.H. New’s monumental Encyclopedia ofLiterature in Canada for information on BC writing. There is, usefully, an entry on British Columbia (unsigned, meaning “written by New”):...

By Richard Lane

Book Review

L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver

MANY NORTH AMERICAN cities have had great civic leaders. Fiorello La Guardia, New York’s Depression-era mayor, is considered the father of modern New York; Metro chair Fred Gardiner put his distinctive imprint on Toronto in the...

By Robert McDonald

Book Review

Unmarked: Landscape Along Highway 16

In 1982 SARAH DE LEEUW’S father put on a suit and tie – “a rare sight,” (1) de Leeuw writes – and then left for the airport. He returned on the evening of the third...

By Jocelyn Smith

Book Review

Clearcut Cause

STRUGGLES OVER THE use of British Columbia’s natural resources are a ubiquitous feature of the province’s historical landscape. How we should manage our lumber, fisheries, water, and minerals —and who should manage them – mark...

By Michael Egan

Book Review

The Slocan: Portrait of a Valley

THIS LONG-AWAITED BOOK argues that the Slocan Valley, through its often dramatic history, is a reflection of the region and its connection with events in British Columbia and Canada. Not so much a local history,...

By W.A. Sloan

Book Review

Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse

In Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse) Julie Rak refers to Doukhobors as “bad subjects,” drawing on a concept formulated by Louis Althusser to describe a people who “resist the institutions, laws, and beliefs that would make...

By Myler Wilkinson

Book Review

Still Ranting: More Rants, Raves and Recollections

WE LEARN A LOT ABOUT Rafe Mair in these two well-written, provocative books. By his own admission he has a large ego, thin skin, and short temper. These features have probably contributed to his volatile personal...

By Robert A. Campbell

Book Review

The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush

THE NATURE OF GOLD is in several ways a path-breaking work since, although there is a large literature on Yukon environment, there has been very little written on the environmental history of the Territory, and...

By William Morrison

Book Review

Wires in the Wilderness: The Story of the Yukon Telegraph

IT WAS WITH SOME excitement and a little trepidation that I agreed to review Bill Miller’s book. First of all, my father, George Ball, was a Yukon Telegraph Line operator in the early years; and...

By Georgiana Ball

Book Review

Oregon’s Promise: An Interpretive History

WHY SHOULD BC Studies review a history of the State of Oregon, situated in another country and some 300 kilometres to the south? For many reasons. Our province and Oregon lie in a single economic-environmental...

By Roderick Barman

Book Review

The Whaling Indians: Legendary Hunters

THE INTENT OF The Whaling Indians: Legendary Hunters is to present the “Native point of view” and so that will also be the perspective of this book review. On the surface of things, the method...

By Umeek Atleo

Book Review

Framing the West: Race, Gender, and the Photographic Frontier in the Pacific Northwest

PHOTOGRAPHS OCCUPY a paradoxical place in our historical imagination. As Carol J. Williams notes in the introduction to Framing the West: Race, Gender, and the Photographic Frontier in the Pacific Northwest, contemporary historians have primarily...

By Kim Greenwell

Book Review

Clearcut Cause

Book Review

The Witness Ghost

ALTHOUGH HE HAS LIVED some years now in Edmonton, Tim Bowling continues to be one of the most eloquent interpreters of British Columbia, especially of the river-coast scene and image: the sky wearing a “sodden...

By Laurie Ricou

Book Review

Vancouver: A Novel

RECENTLY, THERE HAS BEEN a surge in sweeping popular portrayals of Canadian history and its Aboriginal origins, most notably in the CBC production Canada: A People’s History (2000) but also in the current theatrical Vancouver...

By Larry Grant

Book Review

The Old Red Shirt: Pioneer Poets of British Columbia

THE TITLE OF The Old Red Shirt comes from one of the poems that Yvonne Mearns Klan collects in this wonderful book. The poem in question is by Rebecca Gibbs, a black woman who had established...

By W.H. New

Book Review

The Vancouver Acheivment: Urban Planning and Design

PDF – Hutton Review Essay, BC Studies 145, Spring 2005

By John Punter



Dan Savard is the Senior Collections Manager, Audio-visual, with the Anthropology Section, Royal British Columbia Museum where he has worked since 1973. Amongst other duties, he manages a collection of 30,000 photographs dating From the 1860s – 1990s that record the life-ways of First Nations in British Columbia, Northwestern Washington State, and Southeastern Alaska. He has participated in workshops and symposiums on visual resources collections and has given many illustrated presentations on various topics related to First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and photography. His most recent paper entitled “To do a moving picture thing…”, Cine film and the Northwest Coast 1910 – 1930, was presented at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference in 2003.

Jeremy Mouat teaches history at Athabasca University. His research interests include the comparative history of British colonies and colonization in the Pacific, and resource development (notably mining) in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His most recent articles appeared in theJournal of Latin American Studies and the South African Historical Journal.

Tina Block is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. Her research interests centre on the history of gender, religion, and irreligion in the North American west. She is currently completing her dissertation on the social and cultural dimensions of secularism in the postwar Pacific Northwest.