Towards a New Ethnohistory

Community Engaged Scholarship among the People of the River

Keith Thor Carlson (Author), John Sutton Lutz (Author), David M. Schaepe (Author), Naxaxalhts’i – Albert “Sonny” McHalsie (Author)

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 conduct the research, and participate meaningfully in the analysis of the researchers’ findings.

The historical research topics chosen 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 analyses 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.

Reviews

“At a time when Indigenous sovereignty has come to the fore, this volume sets the ‘gold standard’ for ethical scholarship and provides a roadmap and manifesto for sensible and sensitive decolonization.”

– Chris Friday, Professor of History, Western Washington University

About the Authors

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 of and a Professor in the History Department at the University of Victoria.

David M. Schaepe is the Director and Senior Archaeologist of the of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre at Stó:lō Nation.

Naxaxalhts’i, also known as Dr. Albert “Sonny” McHalsie, is a historical researcher and cultural interpreter.

Other contributors: Ella Bedard, Adar Charlton, Amanda Fehr, Adam Gaudry, Katya MacDonald, Chris Marsh, Kathy McKay, Noah Miller, Colin Osmond, Lesley Wiebe

Book Details

  • Towards a New Ethnohistory: Community Engaged Scholarship among the People of the River
  • Keith Thor Carlson (Author), John Sutton Lutz (Author), David M. Schaepe (Author), Naxaxalhts’i – Albert “Sonny” McHalsie (Author)
  • Published April 2018, 288 pages
  • Paper, ISBN: 978-0-88755-817-7, 6 × 9, $27.95
  • Topic(s): History, Indigenous Studies

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