Author Tags: Aboriginal Authors
With the accompaniment of Lytton Indian Band elder Mamie Henry as his translator, UBC law student and Lytton Indian Band member Darwin Hanna tracked down Thompson (Nla7kapmx) elders in the Fraser Canyon and Nicola Valley in 1993 and tape recorded their stories for Our Tellings: Interior Salish Stories of the Nlha7kapmx People (UBC Press, 1995). Hanna received some encouragement and advice from Wendy Wickwire, who he met while working with the Stein Valley Rediscovery Programme, as well as directions from his uncle Nathan Spinks. Co-author Mamie Henry was one of the first to develop a writing system for the Nlha7kapmx language and teach it in schools. Their collaboration includes creation and non-creation stories, as well as some photos of informants who were Phil Acar, Hilda Austin, Fred Bea, Marion Bent, Peter Bob, Christine Bobb, Mandy Brown, Tom George, Herbert (Buddy) Hanna, Fred Hanna, Walter Isaac, Anthony Joe, Mable Joe, Herb Manuel, Edna Malloway, Mildred Mitchell, Louie Phillips, Bert Seymour, Rosie Skuki, Nathan Spinks, Dorothy Ursaki, Bill Walkem, Mary Williams and Annie York.
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Our Tellings: Interior Salish Stoies of the Nlha7kapmx People
Hanna, Darwin & Mamie Henry. Our Tellings: Interior Salish Stories of the Nlha7kapmx People (UBC Press, 1995).