The Indigenous communities of the Lower Fraser River, British Columbia (a group commonly called the Stó:lõ), have historical memories and senses of identity deriving from events, cultural practices, and kinship bonds that had been continuously adapting long before a non-Native visited the area directly. In The Power of Place, the Problem of Time, Keith Thor Carlson re-thinks the history of Native-newcomer relations from the unique perspective of a classically trained historian who has spent nearly two decades living, working, and talking with the Stó:lõ peoples.
Stó:lõ actions and reactions during colonialism were rooted in their pre-colonial experiences and customs, which coloured their responses to events such as smallpox outbreaks or the gold rush. Profiling tensions of gender and class within the community, Carlson emphasizes the elasticity of collective identity. A rich and complex history, The Power of Place, the Problem of Time looks to both the internal and the external factors which shaped a society during a time of great change and its implications extend far beyond the study region.
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Forward by Sonny McHalsie
SECTION ONE - INTRODUCTION
Chapter One -- Encountering Lower Fraser River Indigenous Identity and Historical Consciousness
SECTION TWO - THE UNDERPINNINGS OF STÓ:LÕ COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES
Chapter Two -- Economy, Geography, Environment and Historical Identity
Chapter Three - Spiritual Forces of Historical Affiliation
SECTION THREE - MOVEMENTS ACROSS TIME AND SPACE
Chapter Four - From the Great Flood to Smallpox
Chapter Five -- Events, Migrations, and Affiliations in the "Post-contact World"
SECTION FOUR - RESTRICTED MOVEMENT AND FRACTURES IDENTITY
Chapter Six - Identity in the Emerging Colonial Order
Chapter Seven - Identity in the Face of Missionaries and the Anti-Potlatching Law
SECTION FIVE - EXPANDED MOVEMENT AND THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN 'STÓ:LÕ" COLLECTIVE IDENTITY
Chapter Eight - Reservations for the Queen's Birthday Celebrations, 1864-1876
Chapter Nine - Collective Governance and the Lynching of Louie Sam
SECTION - CONCLUSION
Chapter Ten - Entering the Twentieth Century
MAPS AND FIGURES
What People are Saying About This
'Keith Thor Carlson has tackled an immensely complicated topic with grace, humility, and compassion. The Power of Place, the Problem of Time offers readers an opportunity to understand First Nations peoples as something more than stock, static figures who either disappeared or got frozen in time. He uncovers and explains the complexities of social relations, cultural change, and historical meanings of identities—political and cultural—that will stand as a guide for any wanting to consider the topic in the next century.'
'In this strikingly original book, Keith Thor Carlson offers a fascinating account of the changing identities of the Stó:lõ as they responded to smallpox, the fur trade, a gold rush, missionaries, settlers, and colonial land policies. He shows that different segments of pre-contact Stó:lõ communities constructed layered identities for use within the various levels of their society, and that during the tumultuous years between 1780 and 1906, individuals drew, as need be, on these diverging constructions. Drastic change was not new to the Stó:lõ people; they had renegotiated their identities before and did so again.'