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BC Studies no. 193 Spring 2017

New SOUNDWORK –  “The Listener: Remembering The Dane-zaa Soundscape Recordings of Howard Broomfield,” by Robin and Jillian Ridington;  ARTICLES by Robert Whiteley, Ian Pooley, Kenton Storey, J.L. Weller, and Tim Paulson; REFLECTION by Michael Kew, as well as a NEW MEDIA REVIEW by Sarah King. Cover artwork by Tania Willard.

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This Space Here

This Space Here

Trading in My White Person’s Gaze  

By Lorna J. Johnson

This Space Here

The Legacy and Future of the Buffalo People  

By Buffalo Star Woman (Sandra Delorme)

This Space Here

Humanities 101  

By Margot Leigh Butler


Exhibition, Film, and New Media Reviews

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

In/consequential Relationships: Refusing Colonial Ethics of Engagement in Yuxweluptun’s Inherent Rights, Vision Rights

On the closing day of the Museum of Anthropology’s Unceded Territories exhibit of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s art, crowds formed queues long enough to snake through the halls and to pack the exhibit space for the...

By Sarah King

Terms | Yuxweluptun Lawrence Paul

Book Reviews

Book Review

Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments

Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments is a fascinating set of essays edited by Liza Piper and Lisa Szabo-Jones. Its overall argument is that threats to the environment pose not simply technical or...

By John Thistle

Book Review

The Slow Farm

A memoir, The Slow Farm, focuses largely on the brief period during which Tarn Wilson lived on Texada Island with her American parents and younger sister Rima. Arriving in 1973, the then four-year-old and her...

By Connie Brim

Book Review

Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration

  Masculinity is not an easy concept to define, never mind Indigenous masculinities, and in Indigenous Men and Masculinities, co-editors Robert Innes and Kim Anderson don’t really attempt to define it. In the closing chapter,...

By Jean-Paul Restoule

Book Review

Working Mothers and the Childcare Dilemma

The history of twentieth century childcare has received scant attention from historians in Canada. Lisa Pasolli’s compact study of childcare debates in British Columbia from the 1900s through the Harper era reveals what a historian...

By Esyllt W. Jones

Book Review

Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art

In this fascinating collection, seven Indigenous artists from across Canada illustrate how digital technologies and Indigenous ontologies combine to inform new media theory and practice. In different ways, the contributors demonstrate how digital technologies are...

By Rob McMahon

Book Review

Cleaner Greener Smarter: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies

The World Health Organization released an update to the Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database on 12 May 2016, finding that more than 80 percent of people who live in major cities around the world...

By Deborah Curran

Book Review

Creative Margins: Cultural Production in Canadian Suburbs

Alison Bain, an associate professor of geography at York University, begins Creative Margins with David Gordon and Mark Janzen’s assertion that “Canada is a suburban nation (3),” noting that our population, like that of the...

By Ginny Ratsoy

Book Review

Local Self-Government and the Right to the City

Warren Magnusson’s reputation is secure as one of Canada’s leading political theorists, and Local Self-Government and the Right to the City offers us what he says is “probably… [his] last book” (viii). As such, it...

By W.F. Garrett-Petts

Book Review

Tellings from Our Elders: Lushootseed syəyəhub, Volume 1: Snohomish Texts as told by Martha Williams Lamont, Elizabeth Krise, Edward Sam, and Agnes Jules James

. The two volumes of tusyəhub ʔə tudiʔ tusluƛ̓luƛ̓ čəl—Tellings from Our Elders are the latest additions to a significant body of published dxʷləšucid syəyəhub or stories. dxʷləšucid, or Lushootseed as it is known in...

By Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins

Book Review

The Business of Power: Hydroelectricity in Southeastern British Columbia, 1897-1997

When Jeremy Mouat’s The Business of Power first came out in 1997, both Cominco and West Kootenay Power and Light, the main corporate subjects of Mouat’s book (the latter of which commissioned it), had recently...

By Phillip Van Huizen

Book Review

The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph Gaydos’s book about the Salish Sea, like Beamish and McFarlane’s recent tome on the Strait of Georgia (or North Salish Sea), The Sea Among Us, is a gorgeously illustrated and...

By Howard Stewart

Book Review

The Life and Art of Jack Akroyd

Peter Busby’s The Life and Art of Jack Akroyd is the eighth and latest book in the Unheralded Artists Series presented by Mother Tongue Publishing. The series as a whole makes a significant contribution to...

By Kerry Mason

Book Review

Saving Farmland: The Fight for Real Food

Home to the original 100-Mile Diet and inheritors of a vague but resilient tradition of earthiness and back-to-the-land, British Columbians do not need to be told about the rise in interest in local and organic...

By James Murton

Book Review

Sonia: The Life of Bohemian, Rancher and Artist Sonia Cornwall, 1919-2006

Challenged to name women artists of British Columbia of the twentieth century, most people would stop at Emily Carr. While the list of both First Nations and settler women artists of British Columbia is impressively...

By Kerry Mason

Book Review

In the Spirit of the Ancestors: Contemporary Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum

In the Spirit of the Ancestors celebrates the Burke Museum’s contemporary Northwest Coast art collection. The writers, four academics and four artists, all have strong ties to this Seattle museum, and the artists featured here...

By Alan Hoover

Book Review

Listening for the Heartbeat of Being: The Arts of Robert Bringhurst

Poet Robert Bringhurst has been just on the periphery of my attention for many years, and it seems I’ve been in good company. Although he has made a name for himself in some circles (he...

By Ceilidh Hart

Book Review

The Salmon People

When The Salmon People was first published in 1967, commercial salmon fishing still sustained many coastal communities, although as Hugh McKervill pointed out then, there were plenty of signs that the resource was threatened. In...

By Kenneth Campbell

Book Review

A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World

There is an alternative out there to the globalized world of agribusiness, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and processed packaged food, one based on harvesting and using local, especially wild, foods and re-weaving them into our...

By Nancy J. Turner

Book Review

They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School

Bev Sellars’s bestselling memoir, They Called Me Number One, is a personal account of an important part of the colonial history of British Columbia told from a specific region in the province (Cariboo) and from...

By Jay Lewyn



Michael Kew is a long-time subscriber to BC Studies, Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UBC, born in Quesnel to pioneer family. Studied Anthropology at UBC, Assistant Curator of Anthropology, Provincial Museum of BC; Research Assistant, Centre for Community Studies, University of Saskatchewan. Doctoral studies, University of Washington, Seattle. Kew’s research interests are Coast Salish, Southern Carrier, and Canadian Indigenous people’s history.

Sarah King is a white settler who grew up on Treaty 7 territory. A recent graduate of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science programs at the University of British Columbia, she now works as a Research Assistant with the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. Her paper examining settler legal nar- ratives of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, “Aesthetic Alibis for Conquest,” was runner-up for the 2015 RAVEN Trust Young Scholars Essay Prize, and she previously served as Managing Editor for the undergraduate Journal of Political Studies.

Tim Paulson is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research on the British Columbia meat processing industry began in 2009 with an undergraduate honours thesis project in History at the University of Victoria.
Ian Pooley is an Okanagan historian. He is interested in Okanagan economic and social history. His previous publication in BC Studies was on the arrival of the Canadian National Railway in the Okanagan. He is currently preparing a study of women orchardists’ diaries.

Jillian Ridington began working with Robin Ridington on Dane-zaa ethnography in 1978. They have collaborated on three books, including Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations. Their other collaborations include two video documentaries and numerous audio pieces, and the Ridington/Dane-zaa audio and visual archive. Jillian and Robin have also completed an extensive genealogy of the Doig River Dane-zaa, the results of which are now being used in their Treaty Land Entitlement negotiations. Jillian has also done extensive research and writing on women’s issues, focusing on violence against women and women with disabilities, and has edited manuscripts and newsletters for many years.

Robin Ridington, professor emeritus Anthropology, UBC, has worked with the Dane-zaa First Nations since 1964. In addition to four books about the Dane-zaa (two in collaboration with Jillian Ridington), and a book about the Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe (a finalist 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.

Kenton Storey is a historian with expertise in the study of Canada and the British Empire. His recent book with UBC Press, Settler Anxiety at the Outposts of Empire (2016), explores public attitudes towards Aboriginal title and the threat of Indigenous violence in colonial Vancouver Island and New Zealand. Storey is employed as a freelance researcher in the field of First Nations history and has authored reports on the history of First Nations in the Treaty 4 and 6 districts alongside contributing historical research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Jon Weller is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He completed his master’s degree at UVic in History where he looked at the history of land use on the southern Gulf Islands. His current research examines the role of cultural heritage in contemporary land-use frameworks.

Robert Whiteley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at UBC Okanagan. Dr. Whiteley researches from a critical theoretical perspective and writes in the field of educational leadership, the politics of education and educational policy-making. He has written on assessment, accountability and educational governance and is currently investigating the future of rural schools in British Columbia.