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The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia

I have good reason to be eternally grateful to the author of this book on BC’s freshwater fishes. Many years ago in my first university post, when desperately seeking interesting material with which to enliven the...

By Tony Pitcher


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Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America

If you tackle this readable but detailed history of imperial rivalry in the Pacific Northwest, I recommend that you reread the preface after finishing the book. It will help to explain what you just read....

By Robert Campbell


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Recording Their Story: James Teit and the Tahltan

Judy Thompson, Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) Curator of Western Subarctic Ethnology, has produced a lavishly illustrated book, compelling for its quality of images, clarity of writing, and elegance of design. Seventy-one rarely published and...

By Jennifer Kramer


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Salal: Listening for the Northwest Understory

I live on forested acreage at the north end of the Sechelt Peninsula, surrounded by salal. I think of Gaultheria shallon as the signature plant of the landscape I have loved my whole life. The glossy...

By Theresa Kishkan


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Be of Good Mind: Essays on the Coast Salish

Be of Good Mind is promoted as revealing “how Coast Salish lives and identities have been reshaped by two colonizing nations and by networks of kinfolk, spiritual practices, and ways of understanding landscape” (back cover)....

By Dorothy Kennedy


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Phantom Limb

A phantom limb is an amputated arm or leg that feels like it hasn’t gone anywhere. At the end of a phantom arm, for instance, the fingers of a phantom hand still feel heat, the touch...

By Harold Rhenisch


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Dark Storm Moving West

“The trouble with narrative – telling stories, making histories,” Australian ethnohistorian Greg Dening says, “is that it is so easy, but thinking about it is so hard” (Performances, 1996). I suspect Barbara Belyea would agree,...

By Matt Dyce


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The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture

Tim Bowling, who spent his child-hood on the west coast of British Columbia and now lives in Edmonton, is perhaps better known as a poet than a prose writer. He has published seven collections of...

By Jocelyn Smith


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Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast: Their Biographies and Photographs

The term “Nikkei” has become prevalent in the last decade or two. Its broad definition is “people of Japanese descent and their descendants,” and includes those of mixed heritage. It assumes they have an interest...

By Michiko Ayukawa


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Negotiating Demands: The Politics of Skid Row Policing in Edinburgh, San Francisco and Vancouver

Negotiating Demands originates from Huey’s PhD dissertation of the same title completed at UBC in 2005 under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ericson, a professor of criminology and law. Unfortunately, due to the above fact,...

By Rick Clapton


Contributors

Contributors

Sean Kheraj teaches in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. This fall he will begin a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. This article is based on a portion of his dissertation titled, “Inventing Nature’s Past: An Environmental History of Stanley Park.” Currently, he is working on a new project on the history of animals in the urban environment in Canada. He recently published an article in the Canadian Historical Review, titled “Restoring Nature: Ecology, Memory, and the Storm History of Vancouver’s Stanley Park,” which was awarded the 2007 CHR Prize.

Jason R. Lacharite is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. He has written extensively on the impact of globalization and Internet technologies on the regulatory powers of the state in Canada, Australia and China. He is also interested in the extent to which internet technologies can be use to improve or strengthen ‘democracy’ in Canada.

Michael Vance is Associate Professor of History at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Along with his co-editor, Scott McLean, he has just completed an annotated edition of the unpublished memoir of the Scottish-Canadian poet and clergyman, Rev. William Wye Smith.

Dana Lepofsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. Dana conducts archaeological research in Oceania and the Pacific Northwest of North America. After 12 years of research with many communities in the Fraser Valley and lower mainland, she is embarking on a new collaborative project with TlaÂ’Amin First Nation on the Sunshine Coast. Her projects bring together researchers from several disciplines and from academic and First Nations communities. Community outreach is a major component of all her work.