Living by Stories Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889225220
Pages: 288
Pub. Date: September 15 2005
Dimensions: 9" x 6" x 0.75"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Non-Fiction / SOC002010

  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social

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Living by Stories
A Journey of Landscape and Memory
By Harry Robinson
Edited by Wendy Wickwire

Following on two previous collections— Write It on Your Heart: The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller (1989) and Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller (2004)—Talonbooks is pleased to announce the release of this third volume of oral narratives by Okanagan storyteller Harry Robinson.

Living by Stories includes a number of classic stories set in the “mythological age” about the trickster/transformer, Coyote, and his efforts to rid the world of bad people— spatla or “monsters,” but this new volume is more important for its presentation of historical narratives set in the more recent past. As with the mythological accounts, there is much chaos and conflict in these stories, mainly due to the arrival of new quasi-monsters—“SHAmas” (Whites)—who dispossess “Indians” of their lands and rights, impose new political and legal systems, and erect roads, rail lines, mines, farms, ranches and towns on the landscape.

“Whenever I need to be reminded that language is magic and that stories can change the world, I go to Robinson.”
Thomas King