First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style contains ten short stories by Sto:lo poet, playwright, and author Lee Maracle. This collection includes the title story, in which Maracle explores views on sexuality, relationships, love, family, loss and healing in Salish and First Nations cultures. The last story, Canoe, is a moving story about a son who has recently lost his mother, and a step-father still grieving his wife.
Northwest Coast Indians is one of the information books in the Heinemann Library series, First Nations of North America. Books in the series offer information to grade four to six students about the cultural history of the major cultural regions of North America. This title discusses the Pacific Northwest culture region, including the Chinook, Coast Salish, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, Tlingit, and Tsimshian First Nations.
These Mysterious People: Shaping History and Archaeology in a Northwest Coast Community focuses on the Musqueam people and a contentious archaeological site in Vancouver and details the relationship between the Musqueam and researchers from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Susan Roy traces the historical development of competing understandings of the past and reveals how the Musqueam First Nation used information derived from archaeological finds to assist the larger recognition of territorial rights.
Award-winning writer Sylvia Olsen's sensitively drawn depiction of innocence lost and wisdom hard won, Counting on Hope tells the story of an English girl named Hope and a Lamalcha girl named Letia, whose lives are profoundly changed when their two cultures meet. The action is set against the backdrop of the confusing events surrounding the English colonization of British Columbia and an 1863 naval assault on Kuper Island. Alternating between free verse and prose, Counting on Hope follows the girls' individual story lines before, during and after their meeting.
Working With Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater presents the history, economic and cultural significance of the creation of the wool sweaters known as Cowichan Sweaters for the Coast Salish women who produce and market them. Written by Sylvia Olsen as her Master's thesis, this award-winning author combines her own passion as a knitter and her 40-year experience wool-working with Coast Salish women to create a valuable and highly readable book. The sweaters developed from the goat wool blankets created by Coast Salish women for generations.
Susan Point, Coast Salish Artist celebrates the varied works of the extraordinary Coast Salish artist Susan Point. The book celebrates her artistic history with a focus on her career and showcases a significant body of work created especially for an exhibition hosted by the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver. The book includes 62 colour illustrations of 45 pieces that include jewellery, prints, paintings and monumental pieces in wood and glass. Susan Point is considered to be among the most innovative Northwest Coast artists at work today.
SMASH - International Indigenous Weaving: Salish, Mi'kmaq, Alaskan, Southwest, and Hawaiian Artists is the exhibition catalogue to support a 2010 summer art show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The book showcases the works of Salish, Mi'kmaq, Alaskan, Southwestern, and Hawaiian artists through the medium of weaving in the forms of exquisite baskets, clothing, mats, rattles, spindle whorls, and conceptual pieces.
Spirit Quest is short chapter book written by Coast Salish author Diane Silvey that features twins Kaya and Tala's quest for a stolen box containing the sacred qualities of the people. Instructed by their wise grandfather the twins set out in this fantasy narrative and search for the cherished box containing love, kindness, truth, honesty, gentleness, and generosity. On their journey they encounter wolverines, snakes and sharp-toothed fish, and hawkmen. The pair received assistance from a special friend as well as Tala's spirit guardian.
Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand: Oral Traditions of the Hul'qumi'num Coast Salish of Kruper Island and Vancouver Island is a fascinating collecting of 60 oral narrative stories collected by Beryl Mildred Cryer and published between 1929 and 1935 in the Victoria Daily Colonist's Sunday magazine. The English woman drew on the knowledge of her neighbour Mary Rice for an introduction into Hul'qumi'num Coast Salish cultural traditions and narratives.
Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art Traditions of the Northwest Coast is a stunning coffee-table art book that celebrates the art of 75 contemporary Northwest Coast artists. 85 colour photographs are included in this book that provides brief biographical essays and quotes from each of the selected artists. Works in wood, silver, glass sculpture, paint, metal, animal skin are featured.