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Robertson, Leslie, 1962-
Standing up with _Gaʼa_xstaʼlas : Jane Constance Cook and the politics of memory, church, and custom / Leslie A. Robertson and the Kwaguʼł Gi_xs_am Clan
Alternate Title Jane Constance Cook and the politics of memory, church, and custom
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E99.K5 R63 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Cook, Jane Constance, 1870-1951
Subject(s) Kwakiutl Indians -- Government relations
Kwakiutl Indians -- Ethnic identity
Kwakiutl Indians -- Social life and customs
Kwakiutl Indians -- Rites and ceremonies
Kwakiutl women -- Biography
Indian women activists -- British Columbia -- Biography
Indian women civic leaders -- British Columbia -- Biography
Christian women -- British Columbia -- Biography
Physical Description xxiii, 569 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 542-555) and index
Summary "Standing Up with Ga'axsta'las is a compelling conversation with the colonial past initiated by the descendants of Kwakwaka'wakw leader and activist, Jane Constance Cook (1870-1951). Working in collaboration, Robertson and Cook's descendants open this history, challenging dominant narratives that misrepresent her motivations for criticizing customary practices and eventually supporting the potlatch ban. Drawing from oral histories, archival materials, and historical and anthropological works, they offer a nuanced portrait of a high-ranked woman who was a cultural mediator; devout Christian; and activist for land claims, fishing and resource rights, and adequate health care. Ga'axsta'las testified at the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission, was the only woman on the executive of the Allied Indian Tribes of BC, and was a fierce advocate for women and children. This powerful meditation on memory documents how the Kwagu'l Gixsam revived their dormant clan to forge a positive social and cultural identity for future generations through feasting and potlatching."--Publisher's website
Contents Introduction: "Having Oneness on Your Face" -- Part I: The Living Text: Traces of Jane Cook -- Part II: Dukwa'esala (Looking Around On the Beach): Ancestors -- Part III: Stranger Than Fiction: Surviving the Missionary -- Part IV: "Children of the Potlatch System," 1888-1912 -- Part V: "We As the Suppressed People," 1913-18 -- Part VI: "We Are the Aboriginee, Which Is Not a Citizen," 1918-27 -- Part VII: "With the Potlatch Custom in My Blood," 1930-39 -- Part VIII: One Voice from Many: Citizenship, 1940-48 -- Part IX: A Tower of Strength: Word Memorials, 1951 -- Part X: Dlaxw'it'sine' (For Your Standing), Feasting
Note Issued also in electronic format
Alternate Author Kwaguʼł Gi_xs_am Clan

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