ROSETTI, Bernadette




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Born in 1912, the late Bernadette Rosetti prepared a geneaology of the descendants of Chief Kw’eh, her great-grandfather, in Carrier, with an English translation, photographs and charts for Kw'eh Ts'u Haindene: Descendants of Kwah - A Carrier Indian Genealogy (Fort Saint James: Carrier Linguistic Committee and Necoslie Indian Band, 1979). Also known as Kwah, Chief Kw'eh (c. 1755-1840) welcomed Simon Fraser when his people helped the explorer to Tsaooche village in Sowchea Bay. Simon Fraser presented Kw'eh with a red cloth that one of Kw'eh's descendants provided to the government of Canada in 1997. Chief Kw'eh took Hudson's Bay trader James Douglas as his prisoner during a disagreement in 1828.

Rosetti also published an undated, spiral-bound children’s story entitled Nunulk'i'-un (Fort Saint James: Carrier Linguistic Committee) and she retold a traditional story with many known variants in Nak'albun dialect for Musdzi 'Udada'/The Owl Story: A Carrier Indian Legend (Yinka Déné Language Institute, 1991), with an English translation. A young boy, repeatedly warned to go to bed, refuses and is snatched by an owl that carries him away to her nest. The boy is fed and nurtured by the owl while his father searches for him, asking squirrel, rabbit and grouse for assistance. Finally the hen, in exchange for having her eyelids painted red, directs the father to the tree where the owl has her nest. Edited by Edward John, the children’s book was illustrated by Roman Muntener.

BOOKS:

Rosetti, Bernadette. Kw'eh Ts'u Haindene: Descendants of Kwah - A Carrier Indian Genealogy (Fort Saint James: Carrier Linguistic Committee and Necoslie Indian Band, 1979).

Rosetti, Bernadette. Nunulk'i'-un (Fort Saint James: Carrier Linguistic Committee, n.d.).

Rosetti, Bernadette. Musdzi 'Udada'/The Owl Story: A Carrier Indian Legend (Vanderhoof: Yinka Déné Language Institute, 1991).

[BCBW 2005]