Author Tags: First Nations, Haida Gwaii

Marianne Boelscher drew upon data she collected during fieldwork with the Masset Haida in the late 1970s and early 1980s for The Curtain Within: Haida Social and Mythical Discourse (1988), an examination of moiety and lineage, social rank, the rules of entitlement to inherited property, and the mode of thought encoded in mythology in Haida society. Boelscher suggests that intentional ambiguity in rhetoric regarding rank, kinship categories, marital alliances, names and crests has permitted these symbols to be continuously renegotiated and redefined. When the book appeared, Boelscher was a researcher with the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and a visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Simon Fraser University. Having received her M.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Georg August Universitaet in Goettingen/Germany and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from SFU, she has concentrated her research on the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people and has married Ron Ignace, former Chief of the Skeetchestn Band. Together they launched an educational partnership program between SFU and the Shuswap Nation for Aboriginal learners in the B.C. Interior. In 2005 she received a career achievement award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C. for her work in preserving some of the 30 Aboriginal languages belonging to eight separate linguistic families in B.C. She has also taught her eight children the Secwepemc language.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Curtain Within: Haida Social and Mythical Discourse


Boelscher, Marianne. The Curtain Within: Haida Social and Mythical Discourse (UBC Press, 1988).

[BCBW 2005] "QCI" "First Nations" "Ethnology"