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Emerging from out of the Margins

Essays on Haida Language, Culture, and History


Fredericke White

This book provides an insider view of Haida language, history, and culture, and offers a perspective on Haida culture that comes not only from external research but also from intimate knowledge and experiences the author has had as a Haida Nation citizen. The book’s focus on language – past, present, and future – allows insight into the Haida language documentation and revitalization process that will benefit other cultures currently addressing similar issues with their language. Being able to write and discuss Haida culture as an insider affords the opportunity to instantiate the role of a First Nations scholar including the intricacies involved in having a voice about one’s own culture and history. A First Nations person publishing a book about his or her own culture is a rare opportunity. However, such publications will become more common as other indigenous scholars and writers emerge from other margins around the world.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

White, Frederick H. Emerging from out of the margins: essays on Haida language, culture, and history / Frederick White. p. cm. — (Berkeley insights in linguistics and semiotics; vol. 85) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Haida language—Acquisition. 2. Haida language—Study and teaching (Elementary)—British Columbia. 3. Second language acquisition. 4. Haida Indians—History. 5. Haida Indians— Social life and customs. I. Title. PM1271.W555 497’.28—dc23 2012049103 ISBN 978-1-4331-1666-7 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1087-0 (e-book) ISSN 0893-6935

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