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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Dorothy Kennedy

Dorothy Kennedy was born in Victoria, BC in 1951. She has a Masters degree from the University of Victoria and a Doctorate in Anthropology from Oxford University. Together with Randy Bouchard, she founded the BC Indian Language Project in 1972, dedicated to the documentation and preservation of BC’s First Nations languages, cultures, and histories. Kennedy and Bouchard’s comprehensive study of the Native people of the Desolation Sound area, Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands, was published by Talonbooks in 1983. They are also co-editors of Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America, the acclaimed annotated translation of Franz Boas’ landmark anthropological study, Indianischen Sagen.

As Bouchard and Kennedy Research Consultants they continue to contribute to the establishment of Aboriginal rights and title claims, having recently shown that the Squamish and Lil’wat both have Aboriginal rights and title interests in the Whistler area, making them First Nations co-hosts of the 2010 Olympic Games. A tribute to one of their First Nations collaborators is the newly released The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack.

LATEST Dorothy Kennedy NEWS

August 2015 : Learning about Lil’wat ethnography and ethnohistory in Pemberton and Mount Currie


Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

Finalist for the 2003 BC Book Prize: Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize


Lil'wat World of Charlie Mack

"Kennedy and Bouchard act with subtlety as informative editors giving insight into their own development as ethnographers through the teachings of Charlie Mack. They respectfully avoid heavy-handed intervention in Charlie Mack’s narrative and devote much of the book to his stories." — Canadian Literature

"[one of the] testaments to the increasing recognition of First Nations voices within Canadian society."
Canadian Literature


Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America

“This is one of the richest collections of mythological texts available for the whole of the American continent.”
— Claude Lévi-Strauss, from the Foreword

“… these stories comprise the true matter of British Columbia … I can’t think of a work … more impressive in its contribution to the future generations of this province.”
— Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun

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