Secwepemc People, Land, and Laws: Yeri7 re Stsq'ey's-kucw

Secwepemc People, Land, and Laws: Yeri7 re Stsq'ey's-kucw

by Marianne Ignace, Ronald E. Ignace


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Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws is a journey through the 10,000-year history of the Interior Plateau nation in British Columbia. Told through the lens of past and present Indigenous storytellers, this volume detail how a homeland has shaped Secwépemc existence while the Secwépemc have in turn shaped their homeland. Marianne Ignace and Ronald Ignace, with contributions from ethnobotanist Nancy Turner, archaeologist Mike Rousseau, and geographer Ken Favrholdt, compellingly weave together Secwépemc narratives about ancestors’ deeds. They demonstrate how these stories are the manifestation of Indigenous laws (stsq'ey') for social and moral conduct among humans and all sentient beings on the land, and for social and political relations within the nation and with outsiders. Breathing new life into stories about past transformations, the authors place these narratives in dialogue with written historical sources and knowledge from archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, earth science, and ethnobiology. In addition to a wealth of detail about Secwépemc land stewardship, the social and political order, and spiritual concepts and relations embedded in the Indigenous language, the book shows how between the mid-1800s and 1920s the Secwépemc people resisted devastating oppression and the theft of their land, and fought to retain political autonomy while tenaciously maintaining a connection with their homeland, ancestors, and laws. An exemplary work in collaboration, Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws points to the ways in which Indigenous laws and traditions can guide present and future social and political process among the Secwépemc and with settler society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773551305
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series , #90
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Marianne Ignace is professor of linguistics and First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University. Chief Ronald E. Ignace is a Secwépemc historian, storyteller, and politician, and adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents

Note on Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights xi

Tables and Figures xiii

Spelling and Formatting Conventions Used in This Book xxiii

Yerí7 re sqweqwentsín-kt: An Opening Prayer xxv

Acknowledgments xxvii

Foreword Bonnie Leonard xxxiii

Colour section following page 380

1 Yerí7 me7 re Scneséps-kucw | Introduction 3

2 Le q7es te Tellqelmúcw | The Time of the Ancient Transformers 31

3 Re Tsúwet.s le q7es te Stetex7éms-kucw | What Archaeology Tells Us about the Initial Peopling and Life of Secwepemcúlecw Mike K. Rousseau Marianne Ignace 73

4 Secwepemctsín | The Shuswap Language 121

5 Re Styecwmenúlecws-kucw | How We Look(ed) after Our Land Nancy J. Turner 145

6 Le q7éses re Scwescwesét.s-kucw ell re S7eykemínems-kucw | Trade, Travel, and Transportation Marianne Ignace Kenneth Favrholdt 220

7 Re Stslexemúlecwems-kucw | Secwépemc Sense of Place 234

8 Re Stsqeyúlecwems le Steaex7éms-kucw | The Secwépemc Nation and Its Boundaries 260

9 Kwseltktenéws-kucw | How We Are Relatives to One Another 318

10 Re Kukúkwpi7s-kucw ell re Tkwenm7íple7tens | Secwépemc Chiefship and Political Organization 364

11 Re Tyegwyegwténs-kucw ne Tmicws | Secwépemc Spirituality and How It Was Hidden in the Church 381

12 Telrí7 re Semséme7 m-Neqwcit.s te Tmicws-kucw | The Unfolding of Dispossession during the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 425

13 Tselílcstem re Stsqeys-kucw | The Indian Rights Movement of the Early Twentieth Century 462

14 Re Stsqeys-kucw Wei Me7 Yews | Stories from the Past, Laws and Rights for the Future 490

Notes 503

Bibliography 533

Index 557

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