Be of Good Mind: Essays on the Coast Salish

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The Coast Salish peoples of western Washington and British Columbia have never been subjected to the same concerted anthropological scrutiny as have their Northwest Coast counterparts. For a long time they were viewed simply as a subset of the Northwest Coast culture area, and because they underwent assimilative pressures early on it was thought that little of their culture remained to be preserved. In the early 1950s, however, anthropologist Wayne Suttles was among the first to publish pioneering and sustained research about the Coast Salish, contending that they were worthy of study in their own right.

Be of Good Mind is a necessary follow-up to Suttles’ seminal work. This is the first book-length effort to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives directly. It offers a broad interdisciplinary approach, bringing together the views of Aboriginal leaders, anthropologists, historians, archaeologists, and linguists. Be of Good Mind reveals 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.

Contributors point to the continual transformation of Coast Salish identities through litigation and language revitalization and to community efforts to reclaim long-held cultural connections with the environment. Equally important is the development of detailed local and regional history and archaeology. Seamlessly edited by Bruce Granville Miller, this collection teases apart the received wisdom of earlier studies and brings the scholarship on the Coast Salish up to date.

Readers interested in First Nations history and contemporary issues in Canada and Aboriginal-academic relations will find this essential reading, as will scholars interested in ethnographic methods and interdisciplinary inquiry.

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The collection... makes a strong contribution to the emerging literature on indigenous histories that seeks to uncover local understandings of culture, identity, and social change. In addition, Be of Good Mind examines the changes occurring in the field of Coast Salish studies, by taking stock of its historical roots, by grappling with the opportunities of the present, and by commenting on the challenges that lie ahead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774813242
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 323
  • Sales rank: 1,343,787
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Granville Miller is a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Contributors include Bill Angelbeck, Crisca Bierwert, Daniel Boxberger, Keith Thor Carlson, Brent Galloway, Colin Grier, Alexandra Harmon, Nxaxalhts’I (Sonny McHalsie), Dave Schaepe, and Raymond (Rocky) Wilson.

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionBruce Granville Miller1. Coast Salish History / Alexandra Harmon2. The Not So Common / Daniel L. Boxberger3. We Have to Take Care of Everything That Belongs to Us / Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie4. To Honour Our Ancestors We Become Visible Again / Raymond (Rocky) Wilson5. Toward an Indigenous Historiography: Events, Migrations, and the Formation of "Post-Contact" Coast Salish Collective Identities / Keith Thor Carlson6. "I Can Lift Her Up... ": Fred Ewen’s Narrative Complexity / Crisca Bierwert7. Language Revival Programs of the Nooksack Tribe and the Stó:lo Nation / Brent Galloway8. Stó:lo Identity and the Cultural Landscape of S’ólh Téméxw / David M. Schaepe9. Conceptions of Coast Salish Warfare, or Coast Salish Pacifism Reconsidered: Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Ethnography / Bill Angelbeck10. Consuming the Recent for Constructing the Ancient: The Role of Ethnography in Coast Salish Archaeological Interpretation / Colin GrierContributorsIndex

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