'We Are Still Didene': Stories of Hunting and History from Northern British Columbia

By Thomas McIlwraith

© 2012

Detailing the history of the aboriginal village of Iskut, British Columbia over the past 100 years, ‘We Are Still Didene’ examines the community's transition from subsistence hunting to wage work in trapping, guiding, construction, and service jobs.

Using naturally occurring, extended transcripts of stories told by the group's hunters, Thomas McIlwraith explores how Iskut hunting culture and the memories that the Iskut share have been maintained orally.

McIlwraith demonstrates the ways in which these stories challenge the idealized images of Aboriginals that underlie state-sponsored traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) studies. McIlwraith instead illuminates how these narratives are connected to the Iskut Village's complex relationships with resource extraction companies and the province of British Columbia, as well as their interactions with animals and the environment.

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  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
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  • Page Count: 172 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
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Using naturally occurring, extended transcripts of stories told by the group's hunters, Thomas McIlwraith explores how Iskut hunting culture and the memories that the Iskut share have been maintained orally.

'We Are Still Didene': Stories of Hunting and History from Northern British Columbia

By Thomas McIlwraith

© 2012

Detailing the history of the aboriginal village of Iskut, British Columbia over the past 100 years, ‘We Are Still Didene’ examines the community's transition from subsistence hunting to wage work in trapping, guiding, construction, and service jobs.

Using naturally occurring, extended transcripts of stories told by the group's hunters, Thomas McIlwraith explores how Iskut hunting culture and the memories that the Iskut share have been maintained orally.

McIlwraith demonstrates the ways in which these stories challenge the idealized images of Aboriginals that underlie state-sponsored traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) studies. McIlwraith instead illuminates how these narratives are connected to the Iskut Village's complex relationships with resource extraction companies and the province of British Columbia, as well as their interactions with animals and the environment.

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Product Details

  • Series: Anthropological Horizons
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 172 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Thomas McIlwraith is an instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Douglas College.

  • Table of contents

    Contents

    Dedication
    Acknowledgments
    Notes on Orthographic and Transcription Conventions
    Introduction: The Persistence of Hunting

    Part I: Background
    Chapter 1: Aboriginal Hunting in an Era of 'TEK'
    Chapter 2: Iskut History and Hunting

    Part II: Stories about Hunting and History
    Chapter 3: 'That Bloody Moose Got Up and Took Off': Food Animals and Traditional Knowledge
    Chapter 4: 'Rough Riding All Day': Work Animals and Guiding Work
    Chapter 5: Chief Louie's Speech at Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park
    Chapter 6: Everyday Talk about Hunting

    Appendix 1: Tahltan Language Place Names
    Endnotes
    References

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