Xwelíqwiya: The Life of a Stó:lo Matriarch by Rena Point BoltonXwelíqwiya: The Life of a Stó:lo Matriarch by Rena Point Bolton

Xwelíqwiya: The Life of a Stó:lo Matriarch

byRena Point BoltonAs told byRichard Daly

Paperback | October 1, 2013

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Comprising a series of conversational recollections, this booktells the story of Rena Point Bolton, a Stó:lo matriarch andcraftswoman. The narrative touches on Point Bolton's childhood bythe Fraser River during the Depression, her ancestor, the warriorXéyteleq, and her later years on a reserve. While the Stó:lo peoplekept secret their cultural practices to avoid persecution bypaternalistic institutions, Point Bolton helped to revive some of theold crafts and ceremonies. The result of a long-term collaborationbetween Richard Daly and Point Bolton, this book attests to PointBolton’s desire to inspire her people to blend traditional“ways of knowing” with the pursuit of modern education.

Rena Point Bolton is a Xwélmexw artist and weaver who lives in northern British Columbia. Richard Daly is a social anthropologist, translator, editor, and Aboriginal rights consultant. Originally from a fishing and forestry community on the Pacific Coast, Daly now resides in Norway near Oslo.  
Title:Xwelíqwiya: The Life of a Stó:lo MatriarchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6.08 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927356563

ISBN - 13:9781927356562


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! An amazing story of an amazing woman, this should be required reading for all Canadians.
Date published: 2017-06-07

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations – vii

Foreword - ix

Acknowledgements – xi

Map of Northern British Columbia – xiv

Map of Xwélmexw (Stó:lo) territory and surrounding Coast Salishareas – xv


Introduction (Richard Daly) – xvii


1. Born at a Very Young Age – 3

2. Xéyteleq – 25

3. Devil’s Run – 51

4. School, Work, and Marriage – 69

5. Life of the Spirit – 103

6. Breaking the Silence – 133

7. Moving North – 165

8. They Begin to Listen – 199

9. Life Cycles – 217


Epilogue – 227


Family Trees – 231

Pronunciation Guide – 239

Glossary – 243

Works Cited – 247

Index – 253