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Standing Up with G_a'ax_sta'las

Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church, and Custom

by Leslie A. Robertson & the Kwagu'l Gix_sa_m Clan

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publisher: UBC Press
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Standing Up with G_a’ax_sta’las tells the remarkable story of Jane Constance Cook (1870-1951), a controversial Kwakwa_ka_’wakw leader and activist who lived during a period of enormous colonial upheaval. Working collaboratively, Robertson and Cook’s descendants draw on oral histories and textual records to create a nuanced portrait of a high-ranked woman, a cultural mediator, devout Christian, and Aboriginal rights activist who criticized potlatch practices for surprising reasons. This powerful meditation on memory and cultural renewal documents how the Kwagu’l Gix_sa_m have revived their long-dormant clan in the hopes of forging a positive cultural identity for future generations through feasting and potlatching.

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Leslie A. Robertson

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Contributor Notes

Leslie A. Robertson is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. The Kwagu’l Gix_sa_m Clan includes approximately one thousand members descended from a common ancestor. Their cultural root is Tsax_is (Fort Rupert).

Awards
  • Short-listed, The François-Xavier Garneau Medal, Canadian Historical Association
  • Winner, CCWH Book Award, Canadian Committee on Women’s History
  • Winner, CLIO Prize for BC, Canadian Historical Association
  • Joint winner, K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing
  • Winner, Aboriginal History Prize, Canadian Historical Association
  • Short-listed, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, BC Book Prizes
  • Winner, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society for Ethnohistory
Editorial Review

In this most innovative book, Robertson and the Gix_sa_m Clan collectively write a book that will quickly become a methodological model for ethnohistorians. The non-linear narrative, with the focus on an interaction between the anthropologist, the indigenous community (Cook’s descendants), and the memory of Cook, provides a way of dealing with memory and history through the presentation of multiple voices. As one committee member stated, “The book models a collaborative process that more and more of us will be challenged to undertake. I think the future of our profession is that we will be expected to write with, rather than about, Indigenous communities. That this book presented a cohesive narrative about a woman whose life was so complicated and whose memory has been so contested by weaving together the voices of so many contributors is stunning to me.”

— Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society for Ethnohistory

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