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Chehalis Stories

Chehalis Stories

by Jolynn Amrine Goertz

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Published through the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
In Chehalis Stories Jolynn Amrine Goertz and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation in Western Washington have assembled a collaborative volume of traditional stories collected by the anthropologist Franz Boas from tribal knowledge keepers in the early twentieth century. Both Boas and Amrine Goertz worked with past and present elders, including Robert Choke, Marion Davis, Peter Heck, Blanche Pete Dawson, and Jonas Secena, in collecting and contextualizing traditional knowledge of the Chehalis people.

The elders shared stories with Boas at a critical juncture in Chehalis history, when assimilation efforts during the 1920s affected almost every aspect of Chehalis life. These are stories of transformation, going away, and coming back. The interwoven adventures of tricksters and transformers in Coast Salish narratives recall the time when people and animals lived together in the Chehalis River Valley. Catastrophic floods, stolen children, and heroic rescues poignantly evoke the resiliency of the people who have carried these stories for generations.

Working with contemporary Chehalis people, Amrine Goertz has extensively reviewed the work of anthropologists in western Washington. This important collection examines the methodologies, shortcomings, and limitations of anthropologists’ relationship with Chehalis people and presents complementary approaches to field work and its contextualization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496204110
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 366
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jolynn Amrine Goertz is a PhD candidate in literature at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.  She lives in Oakville, Washington.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
A Story
xwəné·xwəne: A Story
Bear, Yellow Jacket, and Ant
A Visit to the Skokomish
Rabbit and Mountain Lion
The Flood
xwə́n and Raccoon
xwə́n Kills k’wə́cxwe
xwə́n and Bluejay
One-Legged Monster
Why the Dog Has Marks on His Paws
The Flood (The Deluge)
The Crows
Untitled Story
Beaver and the Woman
xwə́n and Crane
Raccoon and His Grandmother
The Five Brothers
The Chief and His House
The Way of the q’way’áyiɬq’
A Farewell Speech
Source Acknowledgments
Appendix 1: Lower Chehalis Stories
Appendix 2: Edmond S. Meany’s Chehalis Reservation Field Notes
Appendix 3: Franz Boas’s “A Chehalis Text”
Appendix 4: M. Dale Kinkade’s “Bear and Bee”
Appendix 5: M. Dale Kinkade’s “Daughters of Fire”

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