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- DescriptionRecording Their Story describes the life of James Teit, one of Canada's earliest ethgraphers, and his work among the Tahltan people of rthern British Columbia almost a century ago. Teit's work collecting artifacts, taking photographs, recording songs, transcribing myths, and gathering information about social organization, ceremonial life, customs, and beliefs has proved invaluable. Today, this collection is the most important extant assemblage of the Tahltan's heritage. James Teit emigrated from the Shetland Islands to British Columbia in 1884, at the age of nineteen. He reveled in the outdoor life and became, among other things, a hunting guide, a linguist who spoke several aboriginal languages fluently, and an activist for Native rights. Teit's connection to the Canadian Museum of Civilization and his ethgraphic work among the Tahltan began in 1911, when he was invited to join the staff of the new Anthropology Division of the Geological Survey of Canada. Teit then worked among the Tahltan, at their request and with the participation of many within the community, in both 1912 and 1915. Judy Thompson's examination of Teit's extensive correspondence, fieldwork tebooks, diaries, and manuscripts illustrates how James Teit's life and work impacted his major ethgraphic studies. Recording Their Story is part biography and part catalog of the Tahltan ethgraphic collection. The book is richly illustrated throughout with 71 rare historic photographs, 51 beautiful color images of ethgraphic artifacts, six line drawings, and three maps.
- Author BiographyJudy Thompson is Curator of Western Subarctic Ethnology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
- Author(s)Judy Thompson
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication27/07/2007
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note122 color illus.
- Weight1443 g
- Width249 mm
- Height287 mm
- Spine26 mm
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