Wisdom of the Elders (PDF)

Ruth Kirk


1986, Digital version of out-of-print paperback, 256 pages

ISBN 0-88894-600-7


In this book, focused on the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuxalk—for although these groups speak different languages, they have close cultural ties—first-person accounts recall every facet of traditional life: the complex society based on kinship, rank and the potlatch; ceremonies and religion; gathering food, hunting and fishing, crafts; trade, travel and conflict; the environment, prehistory and archaeological discoveries; the arrival of Europeans and the fur trade, followed by settlement, change and the loss of their land.


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