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BECOMING TSIMSHIAN BECOMING TSIMSHIAN THE SOCIAL LIFE OF NAMES CHRISTOPHER F. ROTH UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS SEATTLE AND LONDON T H I S P U B L I C A T I O N W A S S U P P O R T E D I N P A R T B Y T H E D O N A L D R . E L L E G O O D I N T E R N A T I O N A L P U B L I C A T I O N S E N D O W M E N T .© 2008 by the University of Washington Press Printed in the United States of America Design by Pamela Canell 12 11 10 09 08 5 4 3 2 1 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. University of Washington Press, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145 U.S.A. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Roth, Christopher Fritz. Becoming Tsimshian : the social life of names / Christopher F. Roth. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 978-0-295-98806-1 (hardback : alk. paper) isbn 978-0-295-98807-8 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Tsimshian Indians—Name. 2. Names, Tsimshian—History. 3. Tsimshian Indians—Social life and customs. 4. Tsimshian language— Etymology. 5. Naming ceremonies—British Columbia. I. Title. e99.t8r67 2008 971.1004974128—dc22 2008006187 The paper used in this publication is acid-free and 90 percent recycled from at least 50 percent post-consumer waste. It meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ansi z39.48–1984. ø Frontispiece: Tsimshian button blanket, collected by Lt. George T. Emmons. Courtesy of the Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, cat. no. 16.1/1614. Cover image (detail): Button blanket, possibly Gitksan. Private collection. ...


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