Towards a New Ethnohistory
Community-Engaged Scholarship among the People of the River
Towards a New Ethnohistory engages respectfully in cross-cultural dialogue and interdisciplinary methods to co-create with Indigenous people a new decolonized ethnohistory. This new ethnohistory reflects Indigenous ways of knowing and is a direct response to critiques of scholars who have for too long foisted their own research agendas onto Indigenous communities. Community-engaged scholarship invites members of the Indigenous community themselves to identify the research questions, host the researchers while they are conducting the research, and participate meaningfully in the analysis of the researchers findings. The historical research topics by the Stó:lō community leaders and knowledge keepers for the contributors to this collection range from the intimate and personal to the broad and collective. But what principally distinguishes the analysis is the way settler colonialism is positioned as something that unfolds in sometimes unexpected ways within Stó:lō history, as opposed to the other way around. This collection presents the best work to come out of the world’s only graduate-level humanities-based ethnohistory fieldschool. The blending of methodologies and approaches from the humanities and social sciences is a model of twenty-first century interdisciplinarity. Chapters on very different topics hang together as instances of collaborative research in a new ethnohistory while the emphasis on the Stó:lō is specific enough to make a good qualitative case study.
Publication Date: April 1st, 2018
288 pages| 6 in x 9 in
KEITH THOR CARLSON is Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan where he holds the Research Chair in Indigenous and Community-Engaged History.
JOHN SUTTON LUTZ is the Chair and a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria with a research focus on the relations between Indigenous people and Europeans in the Pacific Northwest.
DAVID M. SCHAEPE is the Director and Senior Archaeologist of the Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre at Stó:lo Nation.
NAXAXALHTS'I, also know as Albert "Sonny" McHalsie, is a historical researcher and cultural interpreter who is employed as Sxweyxweyá:m (Historian)/Cultural Advisor for the Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre in Chilliwack, British Columbia.