Spuzzum: Fraser Canyon Histories 1808-1939 by Annie YorkSpuzzum: Fraser Canyon Histories 1808-1939 by Annie York

Spuzzum: Fraser Canyon Histories 1808-1939

byAnnie York

Hardcover | October 12, 1999

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Living on the banks of the turbulent Fraser River, the Nlaka'pamux people of Spuzzum have a long history of contact with non-aboriginal peoples. They watched as Hudson's Bay Company employees hacked a path through the mountains for the fur brigades, and over time they found themselves in the path of the Cariboo road, the CPR, and virtually every commercial and province-building initiative undertaken in the region over the past two centuries. Juxtaposing historical narratives and cultural interpretation from the community of Spuzzum with archival information, this book explores the history of Spuzzum in the light of concepts central to the Nlaka'pamux definition of family, political authority, land, and cosmos.
Andrea Laforet is director of the Canadian Ethnology Service at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Annie York (1904-91) was born in Spuzzum and lived there most of her adult life.
Title:Spuzzum: Fraser Canyon Histories 1808-1939Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.28 × 6.25 × 1.03 inPublished:October 12, 1999Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774806664

ISBN - 13:9780774806664

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Table of Contents


Note on Authorship

Fraser Canyon Histories: Introduction

1 Spuzzum

2 Song for Simon Fraser, Song for Mount Baker: Strangers in the Land

3 Land and Cosmos in a Shifting Economy

4 Nlaka'pamux Thought and the Christian Church

5 Families, Identities, and a War Widow's Pension

6 Chiefs and Land

7 A Pause in the Story

8 Postscript: Approaching the Past


Appendix: Place Names



From Our Editors

The story of Spuzzum in British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon is far from uncommon in Canada’s history, but the vivid first-hand account by lifelong resident Annie York makes for compelling detail and immediacy. Spuzzum, located on the banks of the Fraser River, encountered every change 19th-century expansion and European settlers could bring, from the advent of the Gold Rush and the Canadian Pacific Railroad to fur trading and miners. Amid it all, the Nlaka’pamux people coped, floundered and flourished, but held on to their ancient land. This hardcover edition of Spuzzum by Andrea Laforet features excerpts from family albums, missionary journals and explorers’ accounts.

Editorial Reviews

This text is lucid and jargon-free, and the photographs interesting and well placed ... Spuzzum will certainly be of interest to anthropologists, local historians, and specialists who have been following the debate on the writing of Native history. - Kerry Abel - Canadian Book Review Annual 4163