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Published through the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

In Chehalis Stories Jolynn Amrine Goertz and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation in Western Washington have assembled a collaborative volume of traditional stories collected by the anthropologist Franz Boas from tribal knowledge keepers in the early twentieth century. Both Boas and Amrine Goertz worked with past and present elders, including Robert Choke, Marion Davis, Peter Heck, Blanche Pete Dawson, and Jonas Secena, in collecting and contextualizing traditional knowledge of the Chehalis people.

The elders shared stories with Boas at a critical juncture in Chehalis history, when assimilation efforts during the 1920s affected almost every aspect of Chehalis life. These are stories of transformation, going away, and coming back. The interwoven adventures of tricksters and transformers in Coast Salish narratives recall the time when people and animals lived together in the Chehalis River Valley. Catastrophic floods, stolen children, and heroic rescues poignantly evoke the resiliency of the people who have carried these stories for generations.

Working with contemporary Chehalis peoples, Amrine Goertz has extensively reviewed the work of anthropologists in Western Washington. This important collection examines the methodologies, shortcomings, and limitations of anthropologists’ relationship with Chehalis people and presents complementary approaches to field work and its contextualization.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. Upper Chehalis Stories
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. A Story
  2. pp. 35-78
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  1. x̣ʷəné·x̣ʷəne: A Story
  2. pp. 79-118
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  1. Bear, Yellow Jacket, and Ant
  2. pp. 119-123
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  1. A Visit to the Skokomish
  2. pp. 124-136
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  1. Gossip
  2. p. 137
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  1. Snowbird
  2. pp. 138-143
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  1. Rabbit and Mountain Lion
  2. pp. 144-149
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  1. Bluejay
  2. pp. 150-152
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  1. Mink
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. The Flood
  2. pp. 157-158
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  1. Skunk
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. x̣ʷə́n and Raccoon
  2. pp. 162-163
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  1. x̣ʷə́n Kills k’ʷə́cx̣ʷe
  2. pp. 164-167
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  1. x̣ʷə́n and Bluejay
  2. pp. 168-169
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  1. S’yawyu’wun
  2. pp. 170-171
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  1. x̣ʷə́n
  2. p. 172
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  1. One-Legged Monster
  2. pp. 173-177
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  1. Chipmunk
  2. p. 178
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  1. Why the Dog Has Marks on His Paws
  2. p. 179
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  1. The Flood (The Deluge)
  2. p. 180
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  1. The Crows
  2. p. 181
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  1. Untitled Story
  2. pp. 182-184
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  1. Beaver and the Woman
  2. pp. 185-189
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  1. x̣ʷə́n and Crane
  2. pp. 190-198
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  1. Raccoon and His Grandmother
  2. pp. 199-201
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  1. The Five Brothers
  2. p. 202
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  1. The Chief and His House
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. The Way of the q’ʷay’iɬq’
  2. p. 205
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  1. A Farewell Speech
  2. p. 206
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  1. Source Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. Appendix 1
  2. pp. 209-220
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  1. Appendix 2
  2. pp. 221-237
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  1. Appendix 3
  2. pp. 238-245
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  1. Appendix 4
  2. pp. 246-271
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  1. Appendix 5
  2. pp. 272-288
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 289-318
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  1. References
  2. pp. 319-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-347
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496204134
Related ISBN
9781496201010
MARC Record
OCLC
999401156
Pages
366
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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