Standing Up with Ga’axsta’las

Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church, and Custom

Author/Illustrator/Editor: Leslie A. Robertson (CA), the Kwagu'l Gixsam Clan

Standing Up with Ga’axsta’las tells the remarkable story of Jane Constance Cook (1870-1951), a controversial Kwakwaka’wakw leader and activist who lived during a period of enormous colonial upheaval. Working collaboratively, Robertson and Cook’s descendants draw on oral histories and textual records to create a nuanced portrait of a high-ranked woman, a cultural mediator, devout Christian, and Aboriginal rights activist who criticized potlatch practices for surprising reasons. This powerful meditation on memory and cultural renewal documents how the Kwagu’l Gixsam have revived their long-dormant clan in the hopes of forging a positive cultural identity for future generations through feasting and potlatching.

UBC Press (University of British Columbia)
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
10/07/20129780774823845SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
EnglishHardback6.71 in x 9.25 inC$125.00596