Where Happiness Dwells

Where Happiness Dwells

A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations

eBook - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
"The Dane-zaa people have lived in the Peace River area of northern British Columbia for thousands of years. Elders documented the people's history and worldview in oral narratives and passed on their knowledge through storytelling. Language loss in the youngest generation, however, threatens to break the bonds of knowledge transmission. At the request of the Doig River First Nation, anthropologists Robin and Jillian Ridington present a history of the Dane-zaa people based on oral histories collected over a half century of fieldwork. Taking a poetic form that does justice to the rhythm of Dane-zaa storytelling, these powerful stories span the full length of history, from the story of creation to the fur trade, from the arrival of missionaries to cases heard in the Supreme Court of Canada. Elders document key events as they explain the very nature of the universe and how people and animals learned to live together on the land. These oral histories, told by one of the last First Nations to experience the effects of colonialism, not only preserve traditional knowledge for future generations, they also tell the inspiring story of how the Dane-zaa learned to succeed in the modern world"--Publisher's description.

Univ of Washington Pr

At the request of the Doig River First Nation, anthropologists Robin and Jillian Ridington present a history of the Dane-zaa people based on oral histories collected over a half century of fieldwork. Taking a poetic form that does justice to the rhythm of Dane-zaa storytelling, these powerful stories span the full length of history, from the story of creation to the fur trade, from the arrival of missionaries to cases heard in the Supreme Court of Canada.



Book News
In collaboration with elders of the Dane-zaa First Nations, Robin (emeritus, anthropology, U. of British Columbia) and Jillian, an ethnologist who has worked with the Dane-zaa First Nations since 1978, present a history of the people who were known as the Fort St. John Beaver Band until 1977 when they divided into the Doig River and Blueberry River First Nations. A large part of the history is in the form of stories told by elders and recorded on tape, mini-disc, and video; citations are to the Riding/Dane-zaa Archive. Many of the stories are also available online. Among the topics are the Dane-zaa creation story, the later fur trade and the Hudson's Bay Company killings, priests and dreamers, seasonal rounds in British Columbia and Alberta, the 1918 flu epidemic, Indian Reserve 172, and Dane-zaa stories and the anthropological literature. Distributed in the US by the University of Washington Press and in Canada by the University of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780774822978
9780774822954
Characteristics: xvi, 402 p. : ill., maps

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