The Nlha7kapmx people are among the original inhabitants of the Fraser, Thompson, and Nicola river valleys in southwestern British Columbia. In this collection of traditional oral narratives and legends, which have been passed from generation to generation for centuries, the elders tell the story of their people.
Many of the stories were told in the original Nlha7kapmx language but have been carefully translated so as to retain much of the colour and detail of the original, including the rich dialogue so often missing in translations. Altogether, over twenty story-tellers participated in the project. Put together entirely by Nlha7kapmx people, Our Tellings reveals how they perceive their own history. It is their hope that through sharing these stories, they will inspire others to continue to create stories and to contribute to the cultural revitalization of Canada's Native peoples.
Darwin Hanna, a Nlha7kapmx and a Lytton Indian Band member, recently completed a law degree at the University of British Columbia. Mamie Henry, a Nlha7kapmx elder and Lytton Indian Band member, is a language and cultural studies instructor at Mestanta Technological Institute, Lytton, BC.
Foreword Introduction SPTAKWELH (CREATION STORIES) Ntl'ik'semtm (Coyote's Son) Coyote and His Son The Trip to the Moon Coyote and the Three Sisters Coyote and Wolf Coyote and Buffalo Coyote and Wood Tick Coyote Visits His Daughter in the North Coyote and the Two Sisters Why Newborn Animals Can Walk Grizzly and the Bear Cubs Grizzly and the Black Bear Cubs The Four Bear Brothers Transformers Transformers Transformer Footprints How Chipmunk Got His Stripes Screech Owl Raven The Boy Who Was Abandoned Sore Man Man and Owl Dog Travels to the Sun The Country Divided Grandfather and Grandson Work for Gold and Silver SPILAXEM (NON-CREATION STORIES) The Lost Hunter Smuymn (Person with a Cane) Why There Are Nlha7kapmx in Spokane Sexpinlhemx's Wife Foretells the Coming of the White Men Simon Fraser First Encounter with Missionaries The Coming of the White Man Sun Dance Nkw'i7tsutn (A Place to Dance) Archdeacon Small Xitl'ix (Nlha7kapmx Court) Old Ways Powers of the Sexwna7m (Healer/Doctor) On the Boston Bar Trail Listening to Stories On the Trapline Our Tellings Making Baskets Native Foods Trips to Petani The Road to Petani Valley Ways of the Old People Memories of Lytton Passing on the Knowledge Tellers and Translators Afterword Appendices 1. Orthographic Key for the Nlha7kapmx Alphabet, Lytton Dialect 2. Key to Tapings, Translations, and Transcriptions Glossary of Nlha7kapmx Words Bibliography