The Many Voyages of Arthur Wellington Clah

The Many Voyages of Arthur Wellington Clah

A Tsimshian Man on the Pacific Northwest Coast

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
"First-hand accounts of indigenous people's encounters with colonialism are rare. A daily diary that extends over fifty years is unparalleled. Based on a transcription of Arthur Wellington Clah's diaries, this book offers a riveting account of a Tsimshian elder who moved in both colonial and Aboriginal worlds. From his birth in 1831 to his death in 1916, Clah witnessed profound change: the arrival of traders, missionaries, and miners, and the establishment of industrial fisheries, wage labour, and reserves. His many voyages physical, cultural, and spiritual provide an unprecedented Aboriginal perspective on colonial relationships on the Pacific Northwest Coast."--Pub. desc.

Univ of Washington Pr

First-hand accounts of indigenous people's encounters with colonialism are rare. A daily diary that extends over fifty years is unparalleled. Based on a transcription of Arthur Wellington Clah's diaries, this book offers a riveting account of a Tsimshian man who moved in both colonial and Aboriginal worlds. From his birth in 1831 to his death in 1916, Clah witnessed profound change: the arrival of traders, missionaries, and miners, and the establishment of industrial fisheries, wage labor, and reserves. His many voyages - physical, cultural, and spiritual - provide an unprecedented Aboriginal perspective on colonial relationships on the Pacific Northwest Coast.



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Clah (1831-1916) kept a diary for 50 years (1859-1909) recording in detail his travels up and down the west coast of North America from Washington to the Yukon. Brock (emeritus, Edith Cowan U., Perth, Australia) draws extensively from that manuscript, now at the Wellcome Library in London, but also supplementing his account with other archival sources in order to place his life in the context of the imposition of colonial rule in British Columbia. She takes a topical rather than chronological approach, with such chapters as the fur trade era, chasing gold, land matters, becoming a Christian, parading and preaching, the changing world of feasting, and old age and the end of voyaging. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780774820059
Branch Call Number: 971.10049 BRO
Characteristics: xviii, 306 p. :,ill., maps, port. ;,24 cm.

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