The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism

by Keith Thor Carlson
Foreword by Sonny McHalsie

© 2010

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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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.

The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism

by Keith Thor Carlson
Foreword by Sonny McHalsie

© 2010

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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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ’Keith Carlson offers something unique to readers by showing us how productive ethnohistorical analysis can be to the cross-cultural understanding of Indigenous peoples under colonialism.’
    Susan Neylan
    Canadian Journal of History, vol 47 Spring-Summer 2012

    ‘Carlson's work represents an innovative avenue towards the further decolonizing of Aboriginal history, and this, combined with his concern for contemporary Aboriginal political issues, heightens the relevancy of the book and marks his claims as being significant both in and beyond the academy.’
    Madeline Knickerbocker
    BC Studies no. 172, winter 2011-2012

    '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.'
    Chris Friday, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University

    '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.'
    Cole Harris, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, and author of Making Native Space and The Reluctant Land
  • Author Information

    Keith Thor Carlson is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Table of contents

    Table of Contents

     

    Acknowledgements

     

    Forward by Sonny McHalsie

     

    SECTION ONE - INTRODUCTION

    2Chapter One -- Encountering Lower Fraser River Indigenous Identity and Historical Consciousness
    39SECTION TWO - THE UNDERPINNINGS OF STÓ:LÕ COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES
    40Chapter Two -- Economy, Geography, Environment and Historical Identity
    63Chapter Three - Spiritual Forces of Historical Affiliation
    90SECTION THREE - MOVEMENTS ACROSS TIME AND SPACE
    91Chapter Four - From the Great Flood to Smallpox
    134Chapter Five -- Events, Migrations, and Affiliations in the "Post-contact World"
    185SECTION FOUR - RESTRICTED MOVEMENT AND FRACTURES IDENTITY
    186Chapter Six - Identity in the Emerging Colonial Order
    217Chapter Seven - Identity in the Face of Missionaries and the Anti-Potlatching Law
    252SECTION FIVE - EXPANDED MOVEMENT AND THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN 'STÓ:LÕ" COLLECTIVE IDENTITY
    253Chapter Eight - Reservations for the Queen's Birthday Celebrations, 1864-1876
    280Chapter Nine - Collective Governance and the Lynching of Louie Sam
    317SECTION - CONCLUSION
    318Chapter Ten - Entering the Twentieth Century
    333MAPS AND FIGURES
    333NOTES
  • Awards

    Aboriginal History Book Prize awarded by Canadian Historical Association - Winner in 2011
    Clio Prize - British Columbia awarded by Canadian Historical Association - Winner in 2011
    Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing - Short-listed in 2012
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