An expression of the people, culture, ceremony and songs along the Fraser, River of Salmon Peoples captures what the Fraser River, and its most valuable resource, the salmon, means to First Nations communities along its basin. The result of nine community engagements, extensive research over two years, and illuminating photographs and artwork, this book includes the oral narratives of each community along the river. While capturing timeless Indigenous stories and legends about the salmon and the river, this book is also an exploration of the future of the salmon and waters of the Fraser River.
About the authors
Jeannette Armstrong is an award-winning novelist, activist and poet born on the Okanagan Reserve. Known for her literary work, Armstrong has always sought to change deeply biased misconceptions about Indigenous people. Her novel Slash is considered by many people to be the first novel by a First Nations woman. In 2013 she was appointed a Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy to research, document, categorize and analyze Okanagan syilx oral literature in Nsyilxcn.
Gerry William has a BA in English Literature and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a poet, essayist and the author of The Black Ship: Book One of Enid Blue Starbreaks, the first science fiction novel written by a Canadian First Nations author. William is Associate Dean at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and lives in Merritt, BC.
Other titles by Jeannette Armstrong
Okanagan Women’s Voices
Syilx and settler writing and relations, 1870s to 1960s
Neekna and Chemai
Dancing with the Cranes
Native Poetry in Canada
A Contemporary Anthology
Whispering in Shadows
Gatherings, Volume VII - Standing Ground
Strength and Solidarity Amidst Dissolving Boundaries
The Native Creative Process
A Collaborative Discourse