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Library offers gateway to aboriginal issues

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The Whistler Public Library is a partner in the Learning Communities initiative between Mt. Currie and Whistler. The project supports local capacity building by using online technology for individual learning, community networking and the creation of employment opportunities.

The proposal was spearheaded by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and brought together partners whose businesses include education and life-long learning. The partners consist of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Whistler Public Library, School District No. 48, Maurice Young Millennium Place, Capilano College and the Mt. Currie Band.

At a recent meeting of the partners held in Mt. Currie, the conference on aboriginal tourism that was held in Whistler Dec. 2-3 was discussed. The conference was the initiative of Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, and had representatives from Squamish and Mt. Currie as well as from across the country. The agenda included discussion of key issues related to artistic expression, cultures and tourism and traditional knowledge.

As a centre for life-long learning and "Whistler’s Gateway to Knowledge", the Whistler Public Library has many resources related to aboriginal issues – history, culture and the arts. The following are some titles of interest:

Traditions and history

Jonaitis, Aldona and Cole, Douglas, editors — Chiefly Feasts: The enduring Kwakiutl Potlatch Hawthorn, H.B. — Indians of BC

Kirk, Ruth — Wisdom of the Elders

Muckle, Robert J . — The First Nations of British Columbia

Neel., David — Our Chiefs and Elders: Words and Photographs of Native Leaders

Rose, Alex — Spirit Dance at Meziadin

Steltzer, Ulli — Potlatch

Tennant, Paul —  Aboriginal Peoples and Politics

Waldman, Carl — Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

Whyte, Jon — Indians in the Rockies

Wilson, James — The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America Aboriginal art and artists

Brown, Steven C. — Native Visions

Davidson, Robert — Eagle Transforming

Hawthorn, Audrey — Kwakiutl Art

Holm, Bill — Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form

Jensen, Doreen — Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth

Jensen, Doreen — Looking at the Indian Art of the Northwest Coast

Reid, Bill — Black Canoe and the Spirit of Haida Gwaii

Stewart, Hilary — Looking at Totem Poles

Stewart, Hilary — Cedar

Wyatt, Gary — Spirit Faces: Contemporary Masks of the Northwest Coast

Wyatt, Gary — Mythic Beings: Spirit Art of the Northwest Coast Mythology and Legends

Bringhurst, Robert — A story as Sharp as a Knife: Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World

Robinson, Harry — Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller

Ruddell, Nancy — Raven's Village: The Myths, Arts and Traditions of Native People from the Pacific Northwest Coast

Wallas, Chief James — Kwakiutl Legends

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