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NOT YET PUBLISHED
ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-818-0
ISBN 10: 1-55017-818-0
Hardback
700 B&W and colour photos, maps
11 x 14 - 304 pp
January 2018
CAD$94.95 • USD$94.95

Being Ts'elxwéyeqw

First Peoples' Voices and History from the Chilliwack-Fraser Valley, British Columbia
This impressive volume tells of the First Peoples of the area through vivid narratives from the past and present.

Book Description

“Our stories identify for us the land which surrounds us and tie us to our ancestors. We find ourselves inextricably linked to the past, to the land, to the river, to each other, to the future.”

—Shirley Hardman, contributor

The traditional territory of the Ts’elxwéyeqw First Nation covers over 95,000 hectares of land in Southwestern BC. It extends throughout the central Fraser Valley, encompassing the entire Chilliwack River Valley (including Chilliwack Lake, Chilliwack River, Cultus Lake and areas, and parts of the Chilliwack municipal areas). In addition to being an area of natural beauty and abundant resources, it also has a rich cultural history. The Chilliwack region gets its name from the Ts’elxwéyeqw tribe, and this volume delves into what this name means—and also what it means to be Ts’elxwéyeqw. Being Ts’elxwéyeqw portrays the people, artifacts and landscapes that are central to the Ts’elxwéyeqw people, and represents a rich oral record of an aboriginal heritage that has been kept alive—even through adversity—for thousands of years.

Lavishly illustrated with over seven hundred historic and current photos and maps, this book amalgamates a variety of voices and personal histories from elders, while providing background into eighty-five place names within the region. The book’s unique composition—with an emphasis on visual storytelling—showcases a culture with a deep connection to the surrounding land and the watershed.