Deconstructing Newcomer "History"

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Jacinda Mack and First nations names

I have spend many years searching for the names of First Nations people in photos I use in my books. I agree it is essential in returning to them their real being. It just feels polite!

Sometimes like Jacinda Mack, I find a famous photo used again and again as men carving a canoe at Churchouse. I finally ask someone who might know like Homalco Chief Darren Blaney. Lo and behold they are not "Indians carving a canoe" but ; "My grandfather Johnny Blaney and Albert Georgeson canving a cano at Churchouse." See "Cougar Companions: Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs", Harbour Publishing, 2019.

I have been helped by a number of First Nations people with long memories. Flora Dawson, of Gwai Yi Village in Kingcome Inlet, sat with me in the Anglican Archives at UBC and named everyone in dozens of unidentified photos I used in "Two Wolves At The End of Time". I left a copy of that list with the archivist, but she said there was no money to add the info to the files. Judith Williams

Judith Williams more than 1 year ago

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