The twentieth century found the North American continent stripped of most of the thousands of indigeus kwledge systems that centuries of healers, philosophers, and mystics had assembled. Of the various cultural regions on the continent, ne was more fertile than the Pacific Northwest Coast. Over the millennia, conclaves of adepts would gather every winter in what today would be called think tanks to reconsider the premises of kwledge and its potentials. In terms of time, talent, and effort, perhaps other region on the planet invested so much in the sheer accumulation of kwledge. But kwledge is the most fragile of resources. After a century of outside social and linguistic domination and deadly new diseases, local kwledge bled out into an unrecoverable obscurity. Squask asks the reader to consider the possibility that one person might still hold the key to an entire kwledge system, and that this person must then choose to die with this kwledge or pass this on to his enemies. Such is the dilemma of the Last White Dancer. Bruce Caron weaves his in-depth research on the ethgraphy of Coastal Salish culture with his inside kwledge of the people and geography of the Puget Sound into an adventure that offers all the components of a great story-love, pathos, humor, suspense, and a very real sense of place.
Bruce Caron was trained as a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. He is skilled in a variety of multimedia authoring tools, and completed the first multimedia dissertation at UC Santa Barbara. Bruce has a wide-ranging academic background in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and has been active for several years in issues of digital libraries, the use of multimedia in education, and the theory of digital media. Bruce has taught at colleges and universities in Japan, and at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California. He currently runs the New Media Research Institute in Santa Barbara, California. The institute develops digital tools for education and works on issues of democracy in digital communities.