Wilson Duff

Wilson Duff

Author: Robin Fisher

Publisher: Harbour Publishing

ISBN: 9781550179767

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

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The fascinating origin story of Wilson Duff, the pioneering BC anthropologist and museologist remembered for his contributions to research on First Nations cultures of the Northwest Coast. Wilson Duff was born in 1925 in the city of Vancouver and his turbulent early years were shaped by the Great Depression and the Second World War. An intelligent child, he quickly progressed in school. After one year at the University of British Columbia, he signed up for the Air Force. An analytic thinker, Duff excelled as a navigator on a Liberator bomber based in India. However, these years carried their own traumas—the omnipresent terror of war and the specter of death. On his return from India, Duff recommenced his studies at UBC. There he began a love affair with anthropology and museum studies. As provincial anthropologist at the BC Provincial Museum from 1950 to 1965 and then at the University of British Columbia, he helped to shape Canadian and British Columbian understanding of First Nations’ cultures. Forging relationships with Indigenous Peoples during field work, Duff was particularly interested in the Northwest Coast cultures and art, and authored important books including Arts of the Raven: Masterworks by the Northwest Coast Indian and Images Stone B.C.: Thirty Centuries of Northwest Coast Indian Sculpture. Hundreds of students left his classes with a greater understanding of Indigenous cultures and the consequences of settler colonialism in British Columbia. He devoted his life to understanding Indigenous people and cultures and communicating that understanding to newcomers, a subject of continued relevance today. Duff struggled with depression for much of his life and died by suicide at age 51. In the end, he claimed he did not fear death because “the end is the beginning.” He believed in reincarnation: that he would be coming back. In tracing the story of Wilson Duff, biographer Robin Fisher reveals the evolution of anthropological studies, the history of a time and place—Vancouver during the Great Depression and war years—and the more recent changes taking place in museum and anthropology studies. Told with insight, and attention to the controversies and complexities of Duff’s life, this story will fascinate anyone engaged in BC history.



Author: British Columbia Provincial Museum


ISBN: UOM:39015086628164

Category: Museums

Page: 52

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Tales of Ghosts

Tales of Ghosts

Author: Ronald W. Hawker

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774850865

Category: Art

Page: 248

View: 497

The years between 1922 and 1961, often referred to as the "Dark Ages of Northwest Coast art," have largely been ignored by art historians, and dismissed as a period of artistic decline. Tales of Ghosts compellingly reclaims this era, arguing that it was instead a critical period during which the art played an important role in public discourses on the status of First Nations people in Canadian society. Those with an interest in First Nations and Canadian history and art history, anthropology, museology, and post-colonial studies will be delighted by the publication of this major contribution to their fields.

Tribal Boundaries in the Nass Watershed

Tribal Boundaries in the Nass Watershed

Author: Robert Galois

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774806613

Category: History

Page: 352

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Tribal Boundaries in the Nass Watershed was written as part of the negotiations between the Gitksan and the Nisga'a who have competing territorial claims of ownership and jurisdiction in the upper Nass River watershed. What is assembled here is probably the most significant body of evidence ever compiled to show the existence of Aboriginal title anywhere in North America. The authors demonstrate Gitksan ownership of this territory by drawing on a variety of evidence. This book is indispensable to anyone interested in treaty issues and processes, indigenous legal systems and dispute resolution, anthropology, and Native history, not only in the Pacific Northwest, but anywhere where land claims are at stake.

Population, Consumption, and the Environment

Population, Consumption, and the Environment

Author: Harold Coward

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9780791499931

Category: Religion

Page: 332

View: 735

Shows how the major world religions view the environmental problems of over population and excess resource consumption, and how they approach possible solutions.

The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence

The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence

Author: Robert Thomas Boyd

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774807555

Category: Epidemiology

Page: 430

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The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence examines the introduction of infectious diseases among the Indians of the Northwest Coast culture area (present-day western Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, and southeast Alaska) in the first century of contact and the effects of these new diseases on Native American population size, structure, interactions, and viability. The emphasis is on epidemic diseases and specific epidemic episodes. In most parts of the Americas, disease transfer and depopulation occurred early and are poorly documented. The many quotations from contemporary sources underscore the magnitude of the human suffering. The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence is the definitive study of introduced diseases in the Pacific Northwest.

Towards a New Ethnohistory

Towards a New Ethnohistory

Author: Keith Thor Carlson

Publisher: Univ. of Manitoba Press

ISBN: 9780887555473

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 263

"Towards a New Ethnohistory" engages respectfully in cross-cultural dialogue and interdisciplinary methods to co-create with Indigenous people a new, decolonized ethnohistory. This new ethnohistory reflects Indigenous ways of knowing and is a direct response to critiques of scholars who have for too long foisted their own research agendas onto Indigenous communities. Community-engaged scholarship invites members of the Indigenous community themselves to identify the research questions, host the researchers while they conduct the research, and participate meaningfully in the analysis of the researchers’ findings. The historical research topics chosen by the Stó:lō community leaders and knowledge keepers for the contributors to this collection range from the intimate and personal, to the broad and collective. But what principally distinguishes the analyses is the way settler colonialism is positioned as something that unfolds in sometimes unexpected ways within Stó:lō history, as opposed to the other way around. This collection presents the best work to come out of the world’s only graduate-level humanities-based ethnohistory field school. The blending of methodologies and approaches from the humanities and social sciences is a model of twenty-first century interdisciplinarity.

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Author: William G. Bowen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400837588

Category: Education

Page: 184

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An insider's account of higher education from a legendary university leader Lessons Learned gives unprecedented access to the university president's office, providing a unique set of reflections on the challenges involved in leading both research universities and liberal arts colleges. In this landmark book, William Bowen, former president of Princeton University and of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and coauthor of the acclaimed bestseller The Shape of the River, takes readers behind closed faculty-room doors to discuss how today's colleges and universities serve their age-old missions. With extraordinary candor, clarity, and good humor, Bowen shares the sometimes-hard lessons he learned about working with trustees, faculty, and campus groups; building an effective administrative team; deciding when to speak out on big issues and when to insist on institutional restraint; managing dissent; cultivating alumni and raising funds; setting academic priorities; fostering inclusiveness; eventually deciding when and how to leave the president's office; and much more. Drawing on more than four decades of experience, Bowen demonstrates how his greatest lessons often arose from the missteps he made along the way, and how, when it comes to university governance, there are important general principles but often no single right answer. Full of compelling stories, insights, and practical wisdom, Lessons Learned frames the questions that leaders of higher education will continue to confront at a complex moment in history.