Our Oral Histories Are Our Iron Posts

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The weekend is a good time to find a spare hour and read about some of the history that’s behind Chinuk Wawa, told by people in several Native communities.

Let me recommend this very fine item today: “Our Oral Histories Are Our Iron Posts: Secwepemc Stories and Historical Consciousness“.

It’s the 2008 Simon Fraser University PhD thesis in Sociology and Anthropology by Chief Ronald Ignace (Stsmél’ecqen).

You’ll find much of interest about Kamloops-region people, their history, and yes, the involvement of Kamloops Wawa / Chinook Writing (which was also used in writing the Secwepemctsin Salish language) in the whole picture.

I’m particularly savoring, and rereading, Chapter 8 “Hiding Religion in the Church”, for the richness of its insider views on experiences with the Catholic missionaries, including Father Le Jeune.


PS: Ron Ignace has written and been involved with a number of other great books, if your interest is piqued.