The First Nations of British Columbia, Third Edition: An Anthropological Overview

By Robert J. Muckle

© 2014

The First Nations of British Columbia, now in its third edition, is a concise and accessible overview of BC’s First Nations peoples, cultures, and issues. Robert J. Muckle familiarizes readers with the history, diversity, and complexity of First Nations to provide a context for contemporary concerns and initiatives. This latest edition of the classic work has been fully revised, with new chapters added and previous ones rewritten, arguments reframed in light of current developments, and resources brought right up to date. The First Nations of British Columbia is an indispensable resource for teachers and students and an excellent introduction for anyone interested in BC First Nations.
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  • Publisher: UBC Press
  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.5in x 8.5in
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The First Nations of British Columbia is a concise and accessible introduction to histories, cultures, and issues of the First Peoples of BC.

The First Nations of British Columbia, Third Edition: An Anthropological Overview

By Robert J. Muckle

© 2014

The First Nations of British Columbia, now in its third edition, is a concise and accessible overview of BC’s First Nations peoples, cultures, and issues. Robert J. Muckle familiarizes readers with the history, diversity, and complexity of First Nations to provide a context for contemporary concerns and initiatives. This latest edition of the classic work has been fully revised, with new chapters added and previous ones rewritten, arguments reframed in light of current developments, and resources brought right up to date. The First Nations of British Columbia is an indispensable resource for teachers and students and an excellent introduction for anyone interested in BC First Nations.
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Product Details

  • Publisher: UBC Press
  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.5in x 8.5in
While following in the footsteps of Wilson Duff’s seminal Indian History of British Columbia, Robert Muckle’s overview of BC’s First Nations from an anthropological perspective has won praise for being “unhindered by old-fashioned and insensitive anthropology.” This updated version shines as a perfect example of the constructive work done by many authors over several decades to build a viable bridge of understanding with First Nations. It represents BC publishing at its essential best.
Alan Twigg, BC BookWorld
This book provides an interesting perspective on BC First Nations culture. It gives us a view into First Nations communities, past and present, and helps to dispel some of the myths that still exist. Having worked as a cultural tourism manager, I find it an appealing book that will encourage readers who are curious to learn more about First Nations culture in British Columbia.
Lillian Hunt, Cultural & Island Tour Guide, 'Namgis First Nation, Alert Bay

Preface

Part 1: Introducing First Nations, Popular Perceptions, and the Anthropological Perspective

Popular Perceptions

Through the Lens of Anthropology

Overview of Chapters

Recommended Readings and Resources

Part 2: Defining and Situating First Nations Today

Understanding Labels: First Nations, Aboriginal, Indian, and More

Population, Reserves, Settlements, and Lands

Bands, Ethnic Groups, Tribal Councils, and Other Affiliations

Situating BC First Nations within Canada, in North America, and around the World

Recommended Readings and Resources

Part 3: Archaeology and First Nations

First Nations and Archaeological Perceptions of the Past

The Nature of Archaeological Research in British Columbia

Early Migrations through British Columbia

Here to Stay

Settling Down

Prominent Sites

Tracing Ancestry

Recommended Readings and Resources

Part 4: Languages, Population Estimates, and Traditional Lifeways

Traditional Culture Areas of British Columbia

Languages

Population

Settlement Patterns

Diet

Technology

Social Organization

Myths, Spirits, and Shamans

Health and Healing

Art

The Potlatch and Other Important Ceremonies

Trade, Slavery, and Warfare

Recommended Readings and Resources

Part 5: From the Late 1700s through the Twentieth Century

Population Loss

The Impact of the Fur Trade

The Impact of the Gold Rushes

The Impact of Non-Indigenous Settlement

Missionaries and Residential Schools

First Nations and Wage Labour

Government Relations with First Nations

Assertions of Aboriginal Rights

Negotiations in the Late 1900s

Anthropology in the Late 1900s

Recommended Readings and Resources

Part 6: First Nations and Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century

Living in the Twenty-First Century

Economic and Cultural Initiatives

Treaty Negotiations

Outstanding Issues

Asserting Rights and Identity

First Nations and Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century

First Nations Cultures Still Exist

Final Comments: Things to Remember

Recommended Readings and Resources

Appendices

1 The First Nations of British Columbia

2 Major Ethnic Groups

3 Excerpts from the British Columbia Heritage Conservation Act, 1996

4 Apology for Residential Schools

5 Excerpts from the Royal Proclamation, 1763

Glossary

Selected Bibliography