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Chilliwack: Fall 2012

Display in the hallway outside the Chilliwack library

Michap Kwetxwi:lem

UFV Library’s inaugural display at the new Canada Education Park campus tells a story of welcome. The display is an acknowledgment that the campus is built on Stó:lō traditional territories. It features photographs of two welcome figures, carved by George Pennier of Scowlitz, that stand outside the resource building at Coqualeetza on Vedder Road. Aboriginal connections to the mountains are portrayed through the representation of Mount Slesse, to the land by the rocks on the floor of the display, and to the water, by the stream at the mountain’s foot. The welcome figures and the drum, which is used by the Stó:lō to sing welcome songs, as well as the Halq’emeylem greeting: “Michap Kwetxwi:lem,” which means welcome, greet all who enter UFV’s newest campus.

Stó:lō Nation and UFV Library chose to feature Mount Slesse in our welcoming display because of the significance of the mountain as a transformation site. Transformation sites are all around Stó:lō territory. They tell about the time before the world became what we know it to be today and mark the places where Xe:xá:ls changed people and animals into the features that mark Chilliwack’s landscape. In the case of Mount Slesse, the transformation story is lost. “It’s a part of history affected by smallpox and colonialism,” said Dr. David Schaepe, co-manager of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, who worked with the library to create this display. Researchers realized that Mount Slesse is a transformation site when they came across an obscure reference in a book. “We’re hanging onto it with one little sentence,” Schaepe said, but “we’re confident it is a transformation site.” The library display honours this belief with the incorporation of Mount Slesse in this display. 

Library Resources:


Adamson, Thelma. Folk-tales of the coast Salish . New York : American folk-lore society, G.E. Stechert and Co., agents, 1934. Call number:E 99 S2 A43 1934 (Abbotsford Heritage Collection, Chilliwack)

Archibald, Jo-ann. Indigenous storywork : educating the heart, mind, body, and spirit. Vancouver : UBC Press, c2008. Call number: E 78 B9 A73 2008 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Ashwell, Reg. Coast Salish : their art, culture and legends New York : Kraus Reprint, 1969. Call number: E 99 S2 A83 (Chilliwack)

Beck, Mary Giraudo. Potlatch : Native ceremony and myth on the Northwest Coast . Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, c1993. Call number: E 78 N78 B43 1993 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Burland, C. A. (Cottie Arthur). Mythology of the Americas  London : Hamlyn, 1970. Call number: 59 R38 B9 1970 (Abbotsford)

Cameron, Anne. How raven freed the moon. Madeira Park, B.C. : Harbour Pub., 1985. Call number: PZ 8.1 C36 H68 (Chilliwack)

Carlson, Keith Thor. A Stó:lo-Coast Salish historical atlas Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre ; Seattle : University of Washington Press ; Chilliwack, B.C. : Stó:lo Heritage Trust, c2001. Call number: G 1171 E1 S86 2001 (Chilliwack, Chilliwack Reference)

Dinwoodie, David W. Reserve memories : the power of the past in a Chilcotin community. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c2002. Call number: E 99 T78 D56 2002 (Chilliwack)

Harris, Christie. Mouse woman and the vanished princesses. Toronto : McClelland and Stewart. Call number: PZ 8.1 H37 M68 (Abbotsford)

Judson, Katharine Berry. Myths and legends of the Pacific Northwest. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1997. Call number: E 78 N78 J83 1997 (Abbotsford)

Kennedy, Dorothy I. D. Sliammon life, Sliammon lands. Vancouver : Talonbooks, c1983. Call number: E 99 S21 K46 (Chilliwack)

Lévi-Strauss, Claude. The way of the masks. Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 1982. Call number: E 78 N78 L48 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

Mason, Patricia F. Indian tales of the Northwest. Vancouver : CommCept Pub., 1976. Call number: E 78 N78 M37 (Chilliwack)

Maud, Ralph. A guide to B.C. Indian myth and legend : a short history of myth-collecting and a survey of published texts Vancouver : Talonbooks, 1982. Call number: E 78 B9 M38 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack Reference)

Roche, Judith. First fish, first people : salmon tales of the North Pacific rim. Seattle : One Reel : University of Washington Press ; Vancouver : UBC Press, c1998. Call number: E 78 N78 F52 1998 (Chilliwack)

Thompson, Judy. Recording their story : James Teit and the Tahltan Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2007. Call number: E 99 T12 T46 2007 (Chilliwack)

Thompson, M. Terry. Salish myths and legends : one people's stories. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2008. Call number: E 99 S21 S34 2008 (Chilliwack)

Turner, Dolby. When the rains came and other legends of the Salish People. Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, [1992], c1981. Call number: E 99 S21 T86 1992 (Chilliwack)

Webber, W. L. (William Lester). The Thunderbird "Tootooch" legends : folk tales of the Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest coast Indians. Vancouver, B.C. : W.L. Webber, 1936. Call number: E 78 N78 W43 (Abbotsford Heritage Collection)

White, Ellen. Kwulasulwut : stories from the Coast Salish. Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, [1992], c1981. Call number: PZ 8.1 W55 K98 1992 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack)

The library wishes to thank every one who helped us create this display, especially Dr. David Schaepe and other members of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, Shirley Hardman, UFV senior advisor on Indigenous Affairs, Josephine Charlie, UFV Aboriginal activities and cultural assistant, Leslie Olsen, UFV West technician in charge, Chris Wilson, Nial Harrison-Morry, Dr. Lisa Storozynsky, Molly and Bob Ungar and Colin Longpre from the Royal BC Museum for his advice and support.

Last updated August 17, 2012, lm

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