Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory [NOOK Book]

Overview

Living by Stories includes a number of classic stories set in the “mythological age” about the trickster/transformer, Coyote, and his efforts to rid the world of bad people – spatla or “monsters,” but this volume also presents historical narratives set in the more recent past, which involve the arrival of new quasi-monsters – “SHAmas” (Whites).
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Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory

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Overview

Living by Stories includes a number of classic stories set in the “mythological age” about the trickster/transformer, Coyote, and his efforts to rid the world of bad people – spatla or “monsters,” but this volume also presents historical narratives set in the more recent past, which involve the arrival of new quasi-monsters – “SHAmas” (Whites).
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Whenever I need to be reminded that language is magic and that stories can change the world, I go to Robinson."
Thomas King
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889228771
  • Publisher: Talonbooks, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 656 KB

Meet the Author

Harry Robinson
As a member of the Lower Similkameen Band of the Interior Salish people and a rancher for most of his life, Robinson also looked upon himself as one of the last storytellers of his people. As he came to realize fully the importance of the storytelling tradition in his community, he began telling stories in the Okanagan language and became as skilled in English storytelling by his mid-seventies. Wendy Wickwire met Robinson while working on her doctoral thesis and recognized what, as Thomas King would later suggest, may well be “the most powerful storytelling voice in North America.” He passed away in 1990—shortly after the publication of Write It on Your Heart, the first of three story collections which will ensure the survival of the epic world of Harry Robinson in many generations to come.”

Wendy Wickwire
Born in Nova Scotia, Wendy Wickwire lived in Merrit and Lytton, British Columbia while researching her doctoral thesis on Native song. During her ten years of research, she met Similkameen storyteller Harry Robinson and recorded his stories in the critically acclaimed Write It on Your Heart and Nature Power. She also co-authored the award-winning Stein: The Way of the River with her husband Michael M’Gonigle.

Wickwire teaches and continues her work in both the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of History at the University of Victoria. She now focuses her research on the oral tradition (oral narratives, songs, life history) of the First Nations peoples of south-central British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

A spatla was killed by Rabbit and Chipmunk 35
You going to get married to Coyote's son 46
Coyote makes a deal with the King of England 64
They tell 'em all about what the white people hiding from the Indians 86
That one you fellas killed, he come alive! 100
You going to take our land away from us 138
I'll show him who's a better man, him or me 141
I kill him because he's trying to force me 148
The white people make money out of him 152
Wild horses, they kill 'em 169
Picked up by a big bird 172
They say that hired man must be the devil 184
They confessed all about what the cat told him 199
These cattle, they come out from the lake 211
The cat told him, "you not going to last long!" 215
The calf, they got no eyes 222
The big fish swallow that horse 226
That cat was trying to help him from going to hell 232
Maybe that lake might be tunnel 246
Why nowadays the dog can chase the cat 250
They find that man by his power 261
When I first remember 267
Stealing horses from the Blackfoot 272
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