Alan Hoover has written widely on the material culture and art of Northwest Coast peoples. He is co-author of the Royal BC Museum books The Legacy (1984) and The Magic Leaves (2002), and editor of Nuu-chah-nulth Voices, Histories, Objects & Journeys (2000). With E.Y. Arima, he co-authored The Whaling People of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery (Royal BC Museum 2011).
The Whaling People live along the west coast of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery in Washington. They comprise more than 20 First Nations, including the Nuu-chah-nulth (formerly called Nootka), Dididaht, Pacheedaht and Makah. These socially related peoples enjoyed a highly organized, tradition-based culture for centuries before Europeans arrived. As whaling societies, they had a unique relationship with the sea.
In The Whaling People, Eugene Arima and Alan Hoover give an intimate account of the traditional ways in which these coastal people looked at and understood the world they lived in. They present the activities, technologies and rituals that the Whaling People used to make a living in their complex coastal environments, and their beliefs about the natural and supernatural forces that affected their lives. The book features 12 narratives collected from First Nations elders, each illustrated with original drawings by the celebrated Hesquiaht artist, Tim Paul.
Ethnology / History
paperback, 256 pages, 6 x 9, 70 b/w photographs and drawings
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Magic Leaves: A History of Haida Argillite Carving
Nuu-chah-nulth Voices, Histories, Objects & Journeys
The Whaling People of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery