The Heiltsuks Dialogues of Culture and History on the Northwest Coast
- List Price: $55.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/1998
- ISBN: 9780803223790
- ISBN10: 080322379X
Rejecting many of the common methods and assumptions of ethnohistorians as unwittingly Eurocentric or simplistic, Harkin argues that the multiple perspectives, motives, and events constituting the Heiltsuks' world and history can be productively conceived of as dialogues, ongoing series of culturally embedded communicative acts that presuppose previous acts and constrain future ones. Historical transformations in three of these dialogues, centering on the body, material goods, and concepts of the soul, are examined in detail.
A valuable history of a little-known Indian group and a highly original investigation into the dynamics of colonial encounters, the nature of cultural memory, and the processes of cultural stability and change, this provocative study sets the agenda for a new type of ethnohistory.