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

Photo by by Niki Madigan (Director of the Pemberton Museum)

The lecture series “Tea & Tales” held by the Pemberton & District Museum & Archives Society in Pemberton, B.C. presented Randy Bouchard, Dr. Dorothy Kennedy, and Johnny Jones speaking on “Discovering Trails in the Lil’wat World” on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Bouchard and Kennedy are consulting anthropologists and have authored books on BC First Nations, including the Lil’wat, and Johnny Jones is a Cultural Technician with the Lands & Resources Dept. of the Lil’wat Nation.

About half the audience were Lil’wat, and the other half non-Native. Bouchard reports that the presentation went very well, and Director of the Pemberton Musuem, Niki Madigan, confirmed: “the feedback we’ve received so far was fantastic – those who attended really enjoyed the presentation.”

The presentation complemented the book The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack, as did an earlier and equally well-received presentation in April 2013, which was given to a large class of Lil’wat Nation students at Mount Currie who were using the Charlie Mack book as their text for a distance-education course through Capilano University.

Randy Bouchard, Dorothy Kennedy, and Lucinda Phillips, former elected Mount Currie Chief. Photo by Johnny Jones (April 2013)

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