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- DescriptionStanding Up with Ga'axsta'las is a compelling conversation with the colonial past initiated by the descendants of Kwakwaka'wakw leader and activist, Jane Constance Cook (1870-1951). Working in collaboration, Robertson and Cook's descendants open this history, challenging dominant narratives that misrepresent her motivations for criticizing customary practices and eventually supporting the potlatch ban. Drawing from oral histories, archival materials, and historical and anthropological works, they offer a nuanced portrait of a high-ranked woman who was a cultural mediator; devout Christian; and activist for land claims, fishing and resource rights, and adequate health care. Ga'axsta'las testified at the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission, was the only woman on the executive of the Allied Indian Tribes of BC, and was a fierce advocate for women and children. This powerful meditation on memory documents how the Kwagu'l Gixsam revived their dormant clan to forge a positive social and cultural identity for future generations through feasting and potlatching.
- Author BiographyLeslie 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 Gixsam Clan includes approximately one thousand members descended from a common ancestor. Their cultural root is Tsaxis (Fort Rupert).
- Author(s)Leslie A. Robertson,The Kwagu'l Gixsam Clan
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleWomen and Indigenous Studies
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Weight885 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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