[BCMA] charged semantics

Moderated BCMA subscriber listserv listserv at lists.museum.bc.ca
Wed Jun 16 10:03:03 PDT 2021

Hi Eileen:

A good question. A non-Indigenous colleague who works closely with First
Nations in the Lower Mainland uses the term 'cultural practices' when
referring to Indigenous cultural activities and land use, past and present.
This seems appropriate to me.

I've recently read Daniel Marshall's 'Those Who Fell from the Sky, A
History of the Cowichan Peoples' (1999). Qwustenahun, Chair of the Cowichan
History Book Committee, writes in the preface of "...the very first
Cowichan peoples, whose traditions we still practice today...."

As you note, I would ask the Ktunaxa how they refer to their activities,
and follow their guidance.


Doug Munday
dougmundaydesign.com | 778-919-6279

On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 9:48 AM Moderated BCMA subscriber listserv <
listserv at lists.museum.bc.ca> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I hope you are well.
> Twice now, the Cranbrook History Museum has received comments on our use
> of the word 'traditional' when referring to 'traditions' of two separate
> Indigenous tribes.
> This was the last comment: "It still is Ktunaxa territory, traditional is
> past tense and means of erasure."
> Does anyone have thoughts and do you have references for them?
> I will acquiesce to and am happy to receive consultation from any
> Indigenous leader(s) in the field.
> Thank you!
> Eileen
> *Eileen Kosasih*
> Visitor Experience Coordinator
> Cranbrook History Centre
> info at cranbrookhistorycentre.com
> (250) 489-3918
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