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.
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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.