Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Book Launch in Tofino and Beyond

Local writer and photographer, Jacqueline Windh, will be doing a whirlwind launch tour shortly for her latest book, First Nations of the Pacific Northwest: Change and Tradition. This book was originally published in Germany in 2005, in both German and English, and Jackie has just imported some copies (well, a few more than "some") to distribute in Canada.

Jackie has given a great explanation of the book on her blog. In short, Jackie was commissioned to take photographs of carver Joe Martin preparing a pole and canoe for a German museum exhibit on First Nations of the Pacific Coast. She was also asked to take photos of "traditional activities." I'll let Jackie take it from here:

... having made some very close friendships with Nuu-chah-nulth people over the years, I also felt that rather than focusing on the traditions and of how Nuu-chah-nulth people “were”, we should also talk about how they “are”, today. Clearly, one of the biggest issues that affects native people right across our country today is the Indian Residential School system: the legacy of abuse, degradation and neglect that occurred at many of the residential school plagues communities and families today in the form of numerous social issues. I was most pleased when Dr. Hendricks accepted my suggestion of also including a part, both in the museum exhibit and in the book, about the Residential School system, and its long-lasting effects.

Jackie has helped prepare a very important book on a topic that, up until now, has been largely avoided in the popular press. I hope you'll come out to one of the launches to support her. The Tofino launch is Tuesday, June 16 at the Tin Wis Best Western at 8pm, but there are also launches in Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Duncan, Victoria, and Vancouver. Details here.


  1. Thanks Adrienne -

    I am halfway through the tour right now. Today in Port Alberni a bunch of Huu-ay-aht and Hupacasaht came out to my afternoon signing - that really made me feel good, that the native people here were so positive about the whole project.

    I'll see you all in Tofino next week!


  2. Glad to hear things are going well, Jackie. You sounded great on the radio (I heard it twice as they rebroadcast it the next morning early, early!) See you in town. Remind me to tell you about our wolf encounter...

  3. Just got back from the Tofino book launch. Well done Jackie! It was great to hear some of the stories from local native people tonight. Very moving and powerful. Everyone should read this book!