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The Many Voyages of Arthur Wellington Clah: A Tsimshian Man on the Pacific Northwest Coast


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First-hand accounts of indigenous peoples encounters with

colonialism are rare. A daily diary that extends over fifty years and

two thousand pages is unparalleled.

Drawing on a painstaking transcription of Arthur Wellington

Clahs diaries, Peggy Brock pieces together the many voyages --

physical, cultural, intellectual, and spiritual — of a Tsimshian man

who moved in both colonial and Aboriginal worlds. Clahs birth in

1831 coincided with the establishment of a permanent fur trade post,

and he became student, teacher, and confidant to missionary William

Duncan. Later, Clahs spiritual voyage into the world of colonial

culture transformed him into a devout Christian and an evangelist for

the faith.

From the goldfields of BC and Alaska to the hop fields of Washington

State, Clah witnessed profound change. His diaries reveal the

complexities of personal interactions between colonizers and the

colonized and the inevitable tensions within a community undergoing

rapid change. They also show how Clahs hopes for his people were

gradually eroded by the realities of land dispossession, interference

by the colonial state in cultural and political matters, and

diminishing economic opportunities.

Taken together, Clahs many voyages offer an unprecedented

Aboriginal perspective on colonial relationships as they played out on

the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Table of Contents



1    The Life and Times of Arthur Wellington Clah

2    Keeping Account: The Diary

3    The Fur Trade Era

4    Chasing Gold

5    Food Production and Wage Labour

6    Land Matters

7    Becoming a Christian

8    Parading and Preaching

9    Clah and the Missionaries

10   The Changing World of Feasting

11   Ligeex, Chief of the Gispaxloots

12   Old

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Brock, Peggy
UBC Press
Biology -- History.
World History-Canada
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Biography » Native Americans
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