Field School Reports, Publications and Theses


Field School Research Papers

Graduate Theses derived from Field School Research


A selection of field school papers have been edited and published with an introduction in the book, Towards a New Ethnohistory: Community Engaged Scholarship among the People of the River published in 2018 by the University of Manitoba Press and edited by Keith Thor Carlson, John Sutton Lutz, David M. Schaepe, and Naxaxalhts’i – Albert “Sonny” McHalsie. Other papers have been published in the 2009 special issue of the Research Review: Through Student's Eyes: Sto:lo Ethnohistory Fieldschool Studies, editors: Keith Thor Carlson, David Schaepe, John Lutz.

Some of the Field School reports have been modified and incorporated as atlas plates into Keith Thor Carlson, ed. A Stó:lō Coast Salish Historical Atlas (Douglas and Macintyre and University of Washington Press, 2004).

Levine, Jill. “Approaches to Indigenous Community History: Mapping the Cemetery at Soowahlie First Nation,” The Graduate History Review, 9, no. 1 (2020) 1-19.

Long, Alan.“Emory Creek: The Environmental Legacy of Gold Mining on the Fraser River,” British Columbia History, Vol. 39, No. 3 Spring 2007.

Lyall, Gord. “’They smashed it right through our reserve’: The Problem of Settler Consultation for Infrastructure on Chawathil IR4.” BC Studies, no. 207, Autumn 2020, 67-99.

Field School Research Papers

All papers are available at the Sto:lo Archives at the Research and Resource Management Centre.

Abram, Olivia. “We do not think alone”: An Argument for a Collaborative and Holistic Approach to Stó:lō (and other local) IPK Integration in K-12 ClassroomsTouchstone Position:” 2022.

Alder, Davon. Pre-and-Early Contact Canoe Travel in Stó:lõ Territory. 2009.

Ashley, K. Michael. Relighting the fire: The Reemergence of the sweat lodge tradition among Stó:lō. 1998.

Bartlett, Carolyn. Numinous Objects': The Ethnohistorical Complexities of a Residential School Bass Drum. 2009.

Bedard, Ella. Becoming Xwiyálemot: Traditional Knowledge and Colonial Experiences in the Life of a Stó:lō Elder.2013. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory.

Bellissimo, Stephanie. Scowlitz: A Preliminary Community History.2011.

Bergerman, Jody. Iwowes IR #15: The progression from ancestral community to abandoned village. 2005.

Benson, Koni. When there’s work to be done, our hands go out: Expressions of power dynamics and community change, Stó:lō women and politics. 1998.

Bird, John. “Coming Back Home:” The Connection Between Physical Space and Culture in Stó:lō Funerary Practices. 2017.

Bird, Olivia. “This is Our Land:” A Stó:lō Model for Cultural Heritage Tours. 2017.

Boisselle, Andrée. Emerging from colonial quicksands: Cultural hybridity and the Stó:lō transition to self-rule: Examining Stó:lō discourse around the experience of taking responsibility for the delivery of child and family services. 2007.

Brandsma, Michel. "Keep Care of the Baby's Spirit:" Stó:lō Cultural Teachings about Birthing Practices. 2015.

Brock, Samara. Doing the same things in a different way: Stó:lō responses to and uses of written history. 1998.

Buhay, Ryan.“You Don’t Have to Have Proof Between Us”: Contemporary Issues with Stó:lõ Fishing Sites. 2011.

Campbell, Emmy. That’s how I became Xeyteleq: The life stories of Stó:lō Elder Ray Silver. 2007.

Casey, Jenna. “A Touchstone Position:” The Stó:lō Declaration. 2019.

Charlton, Adar. Kinship Obligations to the Environment: Interpreting Stó:lõ X̲ex̲á:ls Stories of the Fraser Canyon. 2013. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Clapperton, Jonathan. Building longhouses and constructing identities: A brief history of the Coqualeetza longhouse and Shxwt’aselhawtxw. 2005 revised 2009.

Clinton-Baker, Ben.Grand Chief Clarence “Kat” Pennier: A Life in Leadership. 2011.

Copage, Caitlin. Foxtrots and Friendships: The Jazz Band and the Stó:lõ Community, 1940-1960. 2011.

Crewe, Jodi. That’s our part: Bio-ethnography in S’olh Temexw. 2005.

Curry, Melissa Marie. Sto:lo wedding ceremonies: Ritual and change. 1998.

Danyluk, Stephanie. “[Re]Weaving the Fabric of Kinship: An Analysis of the Role of Names in the Narration of Family History”. 2009.

Darlington, MacKinley. Overcoming the past: Can tuberculosis be studied in the Stó:lō ? 2005.

Drury, Devon. Community profile of Lhilheltalets: Spiritual importance amongst human and natural forces. 2007.

Drummond, Jacalyn. Home to S'ólh Téméxw: Establishing Foundations for the Repatriation of Stó:lō Sacred items. 2022.

Dunnett, Janet. Shall we gather at the river? Reflections on what it means to be Stó:lō (and why it is important to know.) 2002.

Fehr, Amanda.Relationships: A Study of Memory, Change, and Identity at a Place Called I:yem. 2007 revised 2009. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Forseille, Ashley.“[The Bass Drum] was the Heartbeat of the Band”: The St. Mary’s Residential School Boys’ Marching Band, 1962-1984. 2011.

Gallagher-Cohoon, Erin. "Baby, you don't know what happened to our people": Conversations with an Educator, Shoyshqwelwhet (Dr. Gwen Point). 2015.

Gleboff, Heather. Revealing while concealing: The Dilemma of cross-cultural sharing in Stó:lō interpretative centres. 1998.

Haggarty, Liam. I’m going to call it spirit money: A History of social welfare among the Stó:lō. 2005 revised 2009.

Hammond, Elise Forest. Take a Stand: Three instances of Stó:lō of Direct Action. 2017.

Hancock, Rob. Stó:lō experiences in the Fraser Valley hop yards: A methodological paper. 2000. See also Plate 24 in Keith Thor Carlson, ed. A Stó:lō Coast Salish Historical Atlas (Douglas and Macintyre and University of Washington Press, 2004).

Harvey, Megan. Speaking in S’ólh Téméxw: Language Dynamics in Stó:lō Approaches to the BC Treaty Process. 2009.

Haythornthwaite, Gabe. A Survey of Stó:lō and intertribal claims, 1874 – 1915. 2000.

Hoffman, Martin. ““A Meeting of the Minds”:Stó:lõ Political History, 1969-1989. 2011.

Hughes, Katie. A History of Friendship: Collaboration and Interpretation of Stó:lō Voice in Chilliwack’s Museum. 2019.

Jesperson, Jamey. “Waking to Dream” The Life Stories of Saylesh Wesley, Trans Stó:lō Elder-to-Be. 2022.

Knickerbocker, Madeline. “Bring Home the Canoe,”: History and Interpretation of Sepass Canoes in S’ohl Temex. 2011.

Keresztesi, Orion. A Preliminary History of Sq'ewlets Reserve Boundaries. 2013.

Kostuchenko, Amber. In his own words: The journals of Chief Billie Hall, farmer. 2007.

Kostuchenko, Amber. The Unique experiences of Stó:lō farmers: An investigation into native agriculture in British Columbia, 1875-1916. 2000.

Lloyd, Abe.Contributions to the Stó:lõ Ethnobotany. 2009.

Long, Alan. Gold mining’s legacy: Analyzing Emory Creek. 2002. A version of this was published as “Emory Creek: The Environmental Legacy of Gold Mining on the Fraser River,” British Columbia History, Vol. 39, No. 3 Spring 2007.

Lyall, Gord. “They smashed [them] right through our reserve”: Right-of-Ways on Chawathil IR4. . 2017.

MacDonald, Katya. Crossing paths: Knowing and Navigating Routes of Access to Stó:lō fishing sites. 2007 revised 2009.Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Marsh, Christopher James. Of Salish Sluggers and Totem Tigers: A History of Boxing in Stó:lō Territory, 1912-1985 2015. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

McBride, Patrick. Still Images, Transitioning Practices among the Stó:lō:Post-contact mortuary images and practices in a changing environment. 2013.

McDowell, Melissa. This is Stó:lō Indian land: The struggle for control of Coqualeetza, 1968-1976. 2002.

McKay, Kathryn. Disturbing the Dead: Diversity and Commonality Among theStó:lō. 2000 revised 2009. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Melenchuk, Maria. Traditional Ways of Stó:lõ Conflict Resolution. 2011.

Miller, Noah. "They're always looking for the bad stuff": Examining Coqualeetza Indian Hospital, 1941-1969 2015. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Moore, Robyn . The Activity of Kinship on Seabird Island and Shxwohamil: A History of Two Roman Catholic Sto:lo Churches. 2009.

Nason, Sarah. "It's in my Blood": Business and Community Building in the Coast Salish Weaver's Guild, 1970-1985. 2015.

Nickel, Sarah. The politics of activism: A discussion of the understanding and implementation of Stó:lō political activism. 2007.

Nikolaus, Henry. Iwowes: A community profile and history. 2005.

Novakovic, Ana. Respecting culture and identity: Stó:lō post-secondary school experiences. 2007.

Opheim, Justin.A Biographical Examination of Chief Emmitt Liquitum. 2009.

Osmond, Colin. "I was born a logger": Stó:lō Identities Forged in the Forest. 2015. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Pandur, Cinnamon. Transformer sites and sxwoxwiyam: An examination of the published and unpublished works of Wilson Duff. 2005.

Russell, Pia. Sqwélqwel: A Preliminary Corporate History of the Stó:lō Archives and Library, 1994-2022. 2022.

Plant, Byron. In principle: Stó:lō political organizations and attitudes towards treaty since 1969. 2002.

Posavad, Dallas Joshua.The Chief of Chilliwack: Ambition, Religion, and Coercion in the Life of Captain John Swalis. 2013.

Preuss, Karl. Bias and medical reporting in the Department of Indian Affairs annual reports for the Fraser Agency. 2005.

Rafter, Tina. Contested spaces: The Chilliwack River diversion. 2000. See also Plate 35 inKeith Thor Carlson, ed. A Stó:lō Coast Salish Historical Atlas (Douglas and Macintyre and University of Washington Press, 2004).

Richards, Arthur Tylor. Under the Cedar Mat: Uncovering Warriors in Traditional and Contemporary Stó:lõ Society. 2011.

Robbins, Margaret. Centre from Which Underground Passages Radiate: Understanding Metaphysical Tunnels in a Stó:lõ Spiritual Geography,. 2009.

Robertson, Jesse. "So that's how I remember it": The Geography of Memory at Matsqui Main Indian Reserve No. 2. 2015.

Rogers, Davis. “They’re Not Called Peace Canoes…”: Formal Coast Salish War Canoe Racing in Stó:lō History and Identitycite. 2015.

Rudder, Adam. Pan Native Cultural Imperialism?: Negotiating Sto:lo Regional Identity in a Context Inundated by Pan-Native Signifiers. 2002.

Sapielak, Michaela. The 1922 Testimony of Dennis S. Peters: Indigenous Rights, Title, and an Enduring Legacy. 2022.

Scott, Elizabeth. They lost their refrigerator: Stó:lō historical interpretations of the creation and reduction of the Central Fraser Valley Douglas Reserves. 2002.

Shaw, Christie. Missionary reports and Stó:lō narratives: The Legacy of missionization and contemporary native women’s relationships to Christianity. 1998.

Sulz, David. Kuthlath IR#3 as a natural site, historic site, settlement site, and spiritual site. 2002.

Taekema, Sarah. Revival of Stó:lõ Art: 1970’s to Present Day.. 2017.

Tataryn, Anastasia. What is in a name: Identity, politics and Stó:lō ancestral names. 2005 revised 2009. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Thomson, Claire. “We stopped using Halq’eméylem, but we didn’t stop using the land”: English Place Names in Stó:lõ Territory, British Columbia. 2011.

Trimble, Sabina. Storying Swílcha: Landscape, Memory and Relationality in the Soowahlie Reserve. 2013.

Trimble, Sabina. Making Maps Speak: The Soowahlie Community Mapping Project. 2015. See also her MA below.

Wiebe, Lesley. Stó:lō traditional food “talk” as a metaphor for cross-cultural relations. 2007 revised 2009. Revised version published in Towards a New Ethnohistory

Witham, Jamie.“My Grandchildren are Having Grandchildren”: Rena Point-Bolton’s Message to the Young People. 2013.

Woods, Jody. Stó:lō Nation site tour book. 1998. See Plate 26 inKeith Thor Carlson, ed. A Stó:lō Coast Salish Historical Atlas (Douglas and Macintyre and University of Washington Press, 2004).

Woolard, Heather. Stó:lō First Nations veterans: Why were they not recognized until 1993 and the impacts upon community members. 2002.

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Graduate Theses derived from Field School Research

Bajric, Whitney. On Experiencing Place: A Biography of a Sto:lo Family's Fishing Site in the Fraser River Canyon in British Columbia. University of Victoria, MRP, History, 2015.

Boisselle, Andrée. Law’s Hidden Canvas: Teasing Out the Threads of Coast Salish Legal Sensibility. University of Victoria. Ph.D. Law, 2017.

Campbell, Emmy-Lou. The Transformative Power of T’xwelátse: A Collaborative Case Study in Search of New Approaches to Indigenous Cultural Repatriation Processes. University of Victoria, MA Dispute Resolution, 2010.

Clapperton, Jonathon. Presenting and representing culture : a history of Stó:lō interpretive centres, museums and cross-cultural relationships, 1949-2006. University of Victoria, MA History, 2006.

Curry, Melissa. "It is like standing up again" : the Stó:lō wedding ceremony, identity, revival, and choice. University of Victoria, MA Anthropology, 2003.

Darlington, MacKinley. "Captain Death Strikes Again: Tuberculosis and the Stó:lō, 1871-1907." University of Saskatchewan. MA History, 2010.

Eccleston, Alison. The Uniform of the Lower Fraser Fishing Authority: Case Study of a Material Artifact. University Of Victoria, MA History, 2021.

Fehr, Amanda. The Relationships of Place: A Study of Change and Continuity in Stó:lō Understandings of I:yem . University of Saskatchewan, MA History, 2008.

Haggerty, Liam. “‘I’m Going to Call it Spirit Money’: An Ethnohistory of Social Welfare Among the Stó:lō. University of Victoria, MRP History, 2006.

Harvey, Megan. Living Well Through Story: Land and Narrative Imagination in Indigenous-State Relations in British Columbia. University of Victoria. Ph.D. History, 2017.

Kostuchenko, Amber. “I am an Indian and live on the Indian Reserve”: History, Culture, Politics, Colonialism, and the (Re)Making of Chief Billie Hall." University of Saskatchwan, 2012.

MacDonald, Katya. Looking for Snob Hill and Sq’éwqel: Exploring the Changing Histories of Aboriginality and Community in Two Aboriginal Communities. University of Saskatchewan, MA History, 2009.

Martin, Kathryn. “Honouring Experience: Cross Cultural Relationships Between Indigenous and Settler Women in British Columbia, 1960-2009”. University of Victoria, MA History, 2009.

McKay, Kathyrn. Recycling the soul: death and the continuity of life in the Coast Salish burial practices. University of Victoria, MA History, 2002.

Osmond, Colin. Giant Trees, Iron Men: Masculinity and Colonialism in Coast Salish Loggers’ Identity. University of Saskatchewan. M.A. History, 2016.

Robbins, Margaret. Re-Imagining S'ólh Téméxw: Tunnel Narratives in a Stó:lō Spiritual Geography. University of Victoria, MA History, 2010.

Shaw, Christie. "Sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in their right mind": the convergence of religion, culture and race in missionary discourse in Halkomelem territory southern coastal British Columbia, 1850-1900. University of Victoria, MA History, 2001.

Tarsia, Alessandro. Tobacco in Stó:lō Historical Consciousness. Change and Continuity Through Intersectional Stigmas and Honours. University of Saskatchewan, Ph.D History.

Trimble, Sabina. The Thewali Digital Map and the paper that describes the map Making maps speak: the The'wá:lí Community Digital Mapping Project. University of Victoria, MA History, 2016.