Three Athapaskan Ethnographies
Diamond Jenness on the Sekani, Tsuu T'ina and Wet'suwet'en, 1921-1924

Barnett Richling

Available together in a single volume for the first time: Diamond Jenness’ pioneering studies of three Athapaskan nations. 

These richly detailed ethnographies are a valuable record of the histories and cultures of indigenous communities, pre-contact.

  • Higher Education and General Interest titles in Indigenous/First Nations studies

  • Newly re-issued work by Diamond Jenness

Canada's First Peoples

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The WSANEC and their Neighbours:
Diamond Jenness on the Coast Salish of Vancouver Island, 1935

Barnett Richling

In 1935, National Museum of Canada anthropologist Diamond Jenness did several months of fieldwork with the Coast Salish peoples of southwestern Vancouver Island. His main focus was the WSANEC, then a little-known group whose reserves lay on the Saanich Peninsula, a short distance from Victoria. Here, and later in neighbouring areas, local elders shared with him their knowledge of the “old ways,” a mode of living they all knew at first-hand in their younger days.