University of Alberta Press

Oral History


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    This oral autobiography of two remarkable Cree women tells their life stories against a backdrop of government discrimination, First Nations activism, and the resurgence of First Nations communities. Nellie Carlson and Kathleen Steinhauer, who helped to organize the Indian Rights for Indian Women movement in western Canada in the 1960s, fought the Canadian government's interpretation of treaty and Aboriginal rights, the Indian Act, and the male power structure in their own co... [READ MORE]
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    Healing Histories is the first detailed collection of Aboriginal perspectives on the history of tuberculosis in Canada's indigenous communities and on the federal government's Indian Health Services. Featuring oral accounts from patients, families, and workers who experienced Canada's Indian Hospital system, it presents a fresh perspective on health care history that includes the diverse voices and insights of the many people affected by tuberculosis and its treatment in the ... [READ MORE]
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    Many people have a mental picture of the Canadian north that juxtaposes beauty with harshness. For the Van Tat Gwich'in, the northern Yukon is home, with a living history passed on from elders to youth. This book consists of oral accounts that the Elders have been recording for 50 years, representing more than 150 years of their history, all meticulously translated from Gwich'in. Yet this is more than a gathering of history; collaborator Shirleen Smith provides context for th... [READ MORE]
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    Storyteller and folklorist Kira Van Deusen presents 25 traditional folktales and legends (in English translation) from present-day Chukotka, where indigenous peoples are reclaiming their traditions and identity after years of assimilative forces of Soviet policy. The tales, retold in modern settings, convey values tellers admire and wish to pass on: the courage of persistence, wisdom and loyalty, the ability to find good in what appears evil, the maintenance of good relations... [READ MORE]
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    Stories Told takes you back into the epic journey of the Berger Inquiry, as Judge Berger travelled from community to community to hear stories told from the hearts of the people who lived in the lands of the North from time immemorial. Through the telling of vivid stories about life on the land, the course of history in Canada was altered as the pipeline was halted and democracy was reborn. Patrick Scott moved to the North in 1975, just prior to the beginning of the Berger In... [READ MORE]
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    Talking Tools: Faces of Aboriginal Oral Tradition in Contemporary Society explores the power of oral tradition in Aboriginal society as a foundational cultural and linguistic tool. Four distinct elements are examined: the story-keepers; the importance of practice; the emergence of new stories; and the challenges of sustainability. Finally, the emergence of new technologies and their relevance to the sustainability of the tradition and art of storytelling are discussed. Solsti... [READ MORE]
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    Enrich your family life, connect with your children, and celebrate your ancestors by learning to tell family stories, folktales, and nursery rhymes. Telling Tales: Storytelling in the Family is a fascinating guide to the art of gathering and telling stories. Written by three renowned storytellers, Telling Tales includes personal stories, how-to tips and extensive resource lists, and builds upon the success of the acclaimed first edition.