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BC Studies no. 183 Autumn 2014

Featuring articles by Megan J. Davies, Robin Ridington, Kamala Elizabeth Nayar with ‘Liyaa’mlaxha, Richard Rajala and Tracy Stobbe.

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Book Reviews

Book Review

Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields

                            Given the centrality of the 1862 Cariboo Gold Rush in the history of the province of British Columbia, it has understandably been...

By Mica Jorgenson

Book Review

When Tish Happens: The Unlikely Story of Canada’s “Most Influential Literary Magazine”

                 Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. Literary journals come and go; few of them become legendary. The founders of Tish were precocious...

By Nicholas Bradley

Book Review

Now You’re Logging

Romance, high drama with runaway logging trucks (26-29), and dangerous river crossings of donkey engines (65-72) are all integral parts of this graphic portrayal of British Columbia’s coastal logging scene during the 1930s. Although Griffiths...

By Robert Griffin

Book Review

The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries

Books that are compilations of papers given at conferences, such as this one, can be rather disjointed, often with only a few chapters of interest to each individual reader. This is an exception to that...

By Becky Wigen

Book Review

Healing Histories: Stories from Canada’s Indian Hospitals

Histories of Aboriginal health form a field that has captured significant public interest after Ian Mosby’s recent revelation of experiments performed on Aboriginal children in residential schools and hospitals. Laurie Meijer Drees gives an accessible...

By Leah Wiener

Book Review

From Horseback to the House of Commons

   Veterinarian, rancher, federal MP (1979-1988), senior civil servant (even, very briefly, professor), Lorne Greenaway has left an intriguing autobiography of life in the British Columbia Interior. He reveals not only a near-idyllic childhood in...

By Peter Russell

Book Review

Desiring Canada: CBC Contests, Hockey Violence, and Other Stately Pleasures

What kind of community turns to a coffee shop for meaning? In what country would a search for Seven Wonders collapse into ironic parody? What kind of imagined community cherishes national ownership of a professional...

By Eric Sager

Book Review

Captain Paul Watson: Interview with a Pirate

Paul Watson is, without doubt, a controversial figure in green politics. Some name him the impassioned eco-warrior, who puts his life on the line to stop whaling. Others see him as the enfant terrible of...

By Stephanie Rutherford

Book Review

Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

Carbon Democracy historicizes “the forms of democratic politics that carbon made possible” (233). Timothy Mitchell’s goal is nothing short of destabilizing two central intellectual and material pillars of modern western life: the sacrosanct institution of...

By Jonathan Peyton

Book Review

British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas

  In British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas, Derek Hayes uses over 900 contemporary maps to illustrate the history of British Columbia. The maps are beautifully reproduced, carefully analyzed in captions, often supported by useful...

By Duff Sutherland

Book Review

Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview

Robert Muckle has responded to the market place need for a concise textbook treatment of the lives and circumstances of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Previous works are too long, too detailed, and unreadable...

By Bruce Miller

Book Review

Vancouver Anthology

During the 1960s things radically changed in the Canadian art world. Aesthetic categories expanded to include technically based video and multimedia performance art. Traditional art institutions competed with artist-run centres like The Sound Gallery and...

By Maria Tippett

Book Review

Voyage Through the Past Century

First, a disclaimer: I am not now, nor have I ever been related to Cyril Belshaw. This is pertinent because Cyril — a distinguished University of British Columbia academic whose international notoriety is, shall we...

By John Belshaw

Book Review

Sturgeon Reach: Shifting Currents at the Heart of the Fraser

The Fraser River between Mission and Hope has been the cultural hearth of the Stó:lō for as long as anyone can remember. Some of British Columbia’s largest Indigenous settlements and most important cultural sites are...

By Ken Brealey

Book Review

Bruno and The Beach: The Beachcombers at 40

As a child of the 1970s, I can recall my West Indian grandparents tuning into an unusual television program every Sunday evening: one which started invariably with a camera shot of a log tumbling off...

By Vanessa Colantonio

Book Review

Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians

The biographies in Deadlines died between 2001 and 2011, had sufficient importance or interest to be have their obituaries published in the Toronto Globe and Mail or be considered for it, and had at least...

By Patricia Roy

Book Review

Labour Goes to War: The CIO and the Construction of a New Social Order, 1939-45

Labour Goes to War is a welcome new study whose title promises readers an analysis of the major industrial union organizing drive led by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) during the Second World War....

By Ron Verzuh

Book Review

Empire of Ice: The Rise and Fall of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, 1911-1926

        While the belief persists that central Canada and the National Hockey League provide the essential cement linking Canada’s national identity with the game of ice hockey, it is refreshing to be...

By Wayne Norton

Book Review

David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest

In June 1824, the Governor and Committee of the Hudson’s Bay Company agreed to transport David Douglas, a young Scottish employee of the Horticultural Society of London to its “Columbia District,” to assist the society’s...

By Ted Binnema

Book Review

Pauline Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose

   Growing attention to Native issues in Canada has led to increased interest in the part-Mohawk writer and performer, E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). As well, Johnson now enjoys canonical sanctification from Margaret Atwood, who has...

By Carol Gerson

Book Review

Corporate Social Responsibility and the State: International Approaches to Forest Co-Regulation

Forest certification has provided fertile ground for social science research and scholarship since the early 1990s. Much of this work has focused on explaining the improbable rise and continuing global significance of the Forest Stewardship...

By Chris Tollefson

Book Review

Emily Carr: Collected

Two weeks after Emily Carr’s death on 3 March 1945, former Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris, travelled from his home in Vancouver to Victoria. As the artistic executor of Carr’s estate it fell upon...

By Maria Tippett

Book Review

The Grizzly Manifesto: In Defence of the Great Bear

  Grizzly bears have long been emblematic of British Columbia’s wilderness. But despite symbolism, human activity has adversely affected grizzly populations in the province. Although more than 16,000 grizzlies are found in the mountainous regions...

By Jonathan Luedee

Book Review

No Longer Captives of the Past: The story of a Reconciliation on Erromango

No Longer Captives of the Past is an important book for two reasons. It offers an excellent case study of modern day reconciliation remediating past wrongs, and it reminds us how, in this interconnected world,...

By Jean Barman

Book Review

The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island

As a subject for cartography and historical geography, Vancouver Island has many attractions. Islands are uniquely advantaged in this regard, bordered as they are by waters and seas. The Enlightenment demanded scientific designations and definitions...

By Barry Gough



Megan J. Davies is an Associate Professor at York University and a BC historian with research interests and publications in madness, marginal and alternative health practices, old age, rural medicine, and social welfare. She is currently engaging in curating the After the Asylum webpages and was executive producer and collective member on the documentary project, “The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Stories from mpa.”
‘Liyaa’mlaxha is member of Lax Kw’alaams (Port Simpson) of the Tsimshian nation.
Kamala Elizabeth Nayar (PhD, Asian Religions, McGill Uni- versity), is Professor of Asian Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic Uni- versity, British Columbia. She specializes in Indian religions, South Asian diaspora, and Canadian ethnic studies, with her most recent book on The Punjabis in British Columbia: Location, Labour, First Nations, and Multiculturalism (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012).
Richard A. Rajala teaches history at the University of Victoria. His most recent BC Studies article, “‘Streams Being Ruined from a Salmon Producing Standpoint’: Clearcutting, Fish Habitat, and Forest Regu- lation in British Columbia, 1900-45,” (no. 176, Winter 2012/13) won the Forest History Society’s 2013 Theodore C. Blegen Award.
Robin Ridington has worked with the Dane-zaa First Nations since 1964. In addition to four books about the Dane-zaa (two in collabo- ration with Jillian Ridington), and a book about the Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe (a nalist for the 1998 Victor Turner Prize), he has written numerous scholarly articles on topics that include cultural ecology, anthropological poetics, First Nations literature, and the cultures of northern hunting peoples. Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations received the K.D. Srivastava Prize in 2013 and honourable mention for the Canadian Aboriginal History Book Prize in 2014.
Tracy Stobbe is an Associate Professor in the School of Business at Trinity Western University. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on agricultural land and issues at the urban-rural fringe.