Now living in Oslo, Norway, Richard Daly is widely regarded as a social anthropologist, translator, editor and Aboriginal rights consultant. Originally from Pender Harbour, he is the son of John Daly, the West Coast fisherman who was profiled in Fishing With John by Edith Iglauer.

To assist Gitksan and Witsuwit'en plaintiffs in making their case for Aboriginal self-governance, anthropologist Richard Daly was called as a witness in the landmark Delgamuukw case that remained in British Columbia courts from 1987 to 1997. Having spent several years documenting their institutions, their proprietorship and their ethnography within the field of forager studies, Daly initially had his arguments rejected as insufficient by Justice Allan MacEachern, but ultimately vindicated in a higher court. His subsequent study Our Box Was Full: An Ethnography for the Delgamuukw Plaintiffs (2004) provides insight into the role of anthropology in Aboriginal rights litigation. It was a finalist for the Harold Adams Innis Prize in the Social Sciences.

Daly has dealt primarily with issues of Aboriginal land ownership and cultural heritage within First Nations of the Great Lakes region and British Columbia. To explain the significance of rock writings in the lower Stein Valley, Daly collaborated with 'Nlaka'pamux elder Annie York and art historian Chris Arnett in They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever: Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia (Talonbooks, 1993).

For Our Box Was Full, An Ethnography for the Delgamuukw Plaintiffs (UBC Press 2005), Daly had to boil down 750 pages and 12 days of testimony at the trial into a 330-page academic book.

Having collaborated with Annie York twenty years ago for They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever, Richard Daly has co-written the oral history of Stó:lo artist and craftswoman Rena Point Bolton for Xwelíqwiya The Life of a Stó:lo Matriarch (Athabasca University Press $34.95). Point Bolton, a weaver and mother of ten, was living in northern B.C. when the book was published. Xwelíqwiya celebrates her as a teacher and activist who maintained and revived Stó:lo art. [See below]

According to Daly's website:

Born in Vancouver, Canada, and raised in a fishing and forestry community on the Pacific Coast, he was awarded a bachelor degree in English literature at the University of British Columbia. Thereafter he worked in hydroelectric construction, hitch-hiked extensively in Europe and the Middle East before enrolling in social anthropology at the University of London in the turbulent sixties. He took his masters degree at the "Manchester School"; of Professors Max Gluckman and Clyde Mitchell with its emphasis on rigorous fieldwork and the analysis of social situations where the role played by researcher was part of the field data to be analysed-and this long before the era of postmodernism.

Richard Daly's doctoral research examined gender equality and communal relations among the Iroquois and Wendat peoples of northeastern North America. He was awarded his doctorate at the University of Toronto under the guidance of Professor Richard Lee. He worked as curatorial assistant and conservator at the Royal Ontario Museum and later as contract researcher and expert witness for First Nations plaintiffs in aboriginal rights and "land claims"; cases before the British Columbia and Federal court systems. After living in Toronto and northern British Columbia he moved with his Norwegian wife, Liv Mjelde, now Emerita Professor of Vocational Pedagogy, to a cabin in the woods outside Oslo, Norway, where he has worked on translation, editing and research projects. Together with Liv Mjelde, he has worked on learning problems of working people and the changes imposed on them by the labour market, both in Europe and elsewhere. This included four years when they conducted a Masters programme in vocational pedagogy funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The programme was carried out by Kyambogo University in Kampala for students from Uganda and South Sudan.

BOOKS:

York, Annie & Chris Arnett & Richard Daly. They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever: Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia (Talonbooks, 1993).

Daly, Richard. Our Box Was Full: An Ethnography for the Delgamuukw Plaintiffs (UBC Press, 2004).

Our Box Was Full, An Ethnography for the Delgamuukw Plaintiffs (UBC Press 2005).

Xwelíqwiya The Life of a Stó:lo Matriarch (Athabasca University Press 2013) $34.95
978-1-927356-56-2. Co-authored with Rena Point Bolton

[BCBW 2013] "Art" "First Nations"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Xweliqwiya: The Life of a Sto:lo Matriarch