Monday, July 07, 2008

makúk, makook, mahkook, ma-kuk, maá-kuk

Klahowya Wawa Tillicums!

I hope some of you may be interested in a book that I have just published with UBC Press which uses Chinook Jargon as an entrée into the whole history of native-white relations in British Columbia. The book, called /Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations/ focuses on the different kinds of exchange between indigenous and immigrant peoples. I attach the preface which may be of the most interest to this list - in fact it may sound familiar as it is a version of a presentation I gave at the Wawa conference in Victoria a few years ago. I have also sprinkled examples of jargon conversations taken from dictionaries and correspondence throughout the book. The book and the preface have benefited immensely from this community of wawa enthusiasts so please accept my thank you to you all.

Dave, as a special thank you for all your work in sustaining this community, a copy is in the campus mail for you!

This is the UBC Press ad for the book.


UBC Press is pleased to announce *Makúk: **A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations*
by John Sutton Lutz. **

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*Makúk A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations

*John Sutton Lutz***

ISBN 9780774811408

Paperback $32.95

UBC Press 2008

**now available for course use* *

*About the Book*

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The history of aboriginal-settler interactions in Canada continues to haunt the national imagination. Despite billions of dollars spent on the "Indian problem," Aboriginal People remain the poorest in the country. Because the stereotype of the "lazy Indian" is never far from the surface, many Canadians wonder if the problem lay with "Indians" themselves.

John Lutz traces Aboriginal People’s involvement in the new economy, and their
displacement from it, from the arrival of the first Europeans to the 1970s. Drawing on an extensive array of oral histories, manuscripts, newspaper accounts, biographies, and statistical analysis, Lutz shows that Aboriginal people flocked to the workforce and prospered in the late nineteenth century. He argues that the roots of today’s widespread unemployment and "welfare dependency" date only from the 1950s, when deliberate and inadvertent policy choices -- what Lutz terms the "white problem" drove Aboriginal People out of the capitalist, wage, and subsistence economies, offering them welfare as "compensation."

/Makúk/ invites readers into a dialogue with the past with visual imagery and an engaging narrative that gives a voice to Aboriginal Peoples and other historical figures. It is a book for students, scholars, policymakers, and a wide public who care to bring the spectres of the past into the light of the present.

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*About the Authors*

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*John Sutton Lutz* teaches in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. He is editor of /Myth and Memory: Stories of Indigenous-European Contact/ and co-editor of /Situating Race and Racisms in Space, Time, and Theory./

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