A stirring portrait of a controversial Kwakwaka'wakw leader and the efforts of her descendants to reconcile a difficult history in the hopes of forging a positive cultural identity for future generations.
Leslie 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).
Winner of Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society for Ethnohistory 2013 (United States) and CCWH Book Award, Canadian Committee on Women's History 2014 (Canada) and CLIO Prize for BC, Canadian Historical Association 2013 (Canada). Joint winner of K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing 2013 (Canada). Short-listed for Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, BC Book Prizes 2013 (Canada) and Aboriginal History Prize, Canadian Historical Association 2013 (Canada) and The Francois-Xavier Garneau Medal, Canadian Historical Association 2015 (Canada).