People of the Robin: the Tsimshian of Kitsumkalum: a resource book for the Kitsumkalum Education Committee and the Coast Mountain School District 82 (Terrace) / by James Andrew McDonald; with the assistance of the First Nations Education Centre, Coast Mountain School District. -- Edmonton: CCI Press, 2003. (Solstice series; no. 1) Co-published by Alberta ACADRE Network. ISBN 1-896445-28-4
community of Kitsumkalum draws on its ancient Tsimshian culture for
values. Their culture is not a dead archive of traditions and customs
frozen in the past. This book emphasizes the connection between Kitsumkalums
Tsimshian heritage and the territory which nurtures that heritage.
The anthropology underlying the book promotes a Tsimshian sociology
as understood by the people in Kitsumkalum. The connection between
the culture and the land is the central principle that has sustained
the Kitsumkalum people since time immemorial. The purpose of this
book is to give the reader an understanding of this important aspect
of Tsimshian life Knowing more about Kitsumkalum will enrich the lives
of all Canadians with a fuller understanding of a heritage that is
an integral part of the national cultural fabric. The material written
in this book will be an important resource for the Kitsumkalum community,
students, and the general public.
Dianne Collins, former Chief Councillor of Kitsumkalum, stated: Its important for us to rejoice in the fact that we still feast, that we still have dance groups, that we still have Hereditary Chiefs to uphold, and that we still have our language and that its growing stronger and being passed on to the younger ones. We can celebrate that we still have our house groups and Smalgyax names, the names of our people. We still remember the Smalgyax names for our landmarks. These are things well worth maintaining and I see us continuing to use them in the future. This is very positive for our people. It gives us a sense of self recognition, history and pride.
Bringing forward our culture is a good and a heavy responsibility. This book will contribute to our heritage. It was written with the community, with a lot of community input and direction. Our culture guided the work. The families were consulted and the elders and families participated in the project at all stages. They set the direction, participated in the research, and reviewed the writing. Over the last 2 years, everyone had a chance to have their say, with the result that we can present this book as a community project that reflects the communitys own story.