FIRST NATIONS STUDIES, HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY THESES
This page contains links to non-archaeological graduate theses and dissertations, especially those concerned with general First Nations studies, including History, Anthropology, Environmental Studies and related disciplines in BC and surrounding areas. These are, in my (limited) judgment, of interest to the practice of archaeology in British Columbia.
Each link should go to a page where you can read the abstract and choose to download the thesis free of charge, unless otherwise noted (a few are direct downloads). Some of the older SFU ones have no date and are marked n.d. for the ones where I didn’t bother downloading the PDF and the date wasn’t given on the landing page. Many SFU theses also have no abstract. Relatively speaking the SFU system is less good: the search is not full text, and many of the landing pages are weak; they also disallow printing and cutting-and-pasting although googling for ways around this is productive. On the other hand, SFU archive goes back much further: there are few theses before about 2000 available on either UVIC or UBC dSpace although retro-digitization projects are in place at both institutions. Relevant theses are also online at places like University of Calgary and Toronto, but are limited to institutional subscribers. However, the intention of this page is to only link to those theses which are publicly available to anyone. I am just beginning to list theses available through the Theses Canada Portal and not elsewhere. Theses are in Anthropology or Archaeology unless otherwise noted.
Updated: March 17th, 2010.
Andrea, Alestine Mary Therese 2006. UVIC M.A. thesis (Environmental Studies) Nan t’aih nakwits’inahtsìh : The land gives us strength : the medicine plants used by Gwich’in people of Canada’s western Arctic to maintain good health and well being
Ayers, Cheri Anne 2005. UVIC M.A. thesis: Marine conservation from a First Nations’ perspective : a case study of the principles of the Hul’qumi’num of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Bandringa, Robert 1999 UBC M.Sc. Thesis: The ethnobotany and descriptive ecology of bitterroot, lewisia rediviva pursh (portulacaceae), in the Lower Thompson River Valley, British Columbia : a salient root food of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation
Bannister, Kelly 2006. UBC Ph.D. dissertation (Botany): Chemistry rooted in cultural knowledge : unearthing the links between antimicrobial properties and traditional knowledge in food and medicinal plant resources of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Aboriginal Nation
Bartley, Raymond 2008. UVIC M.A. thesis (Environmental Studies): Ceninetel a,it e tte tenew = ‘Helping each other take care of the land’ : an ethnoecological approach to restoring the coastal dune ecosystem of Tixen and Island View Beach
Behr, Towagh 2008. UVIC M.A. thesis (Anthropology): Hypermedia and ethnographic research : Nuu-chah-nulth and Upper St’át’imc case studies
Bell, Lucy Mary Christina 2005. UVIC M.A. (HSD): Kwakwaka’wakw laws and perspective regarding “property”
Blair, Graham 2000. UBC M.A. thesis: Object lessons : hereditary rights and ownership in a northwest coast museum
Brealey, Kenneth 2002. UBC Ph.D. (Geography): First (National) space : (Ab)original (re)mappings of British Columbia
Brown, Kimberly 2008. UBC Ph.D. dissertation: “To fish for themselves” : a study of accommodation and resistance in the Stó:lō fishery
Budd, Robert Michael. UVIC M.A. thesis (History): The story of the country : Imbert Orchard’s quest for frontier folk in BC, 1870-1914
Chipps-Sawyer, Allis Pakki 2007. UVIC M.A. thesis (Environmental Studies) Standing on the edge of yesterday: A dilemma of oral knowledge in a West Coast family
Clapperton, Jonathan Alex. 2006. UVIC M.A. thesis (history) Presenting and representing culture: a history of Stó:lo interpretive centres, museums and cross-cultural relationships, 1949-2006
Clayton, Daniel, UBC Ph.D. Dissertation (Geography). 1995. Islands of truth : Vancouver Island from Captain Cook to the beginnings of colonialism.
Compton, Brian 1993. Ph.D. dissertaion (Botany): Upper North Wakashan and Southern Tsimshian ethnobotany: the knowledge and usage of plants and fungi among the Oweekeno, Hanaksiala (Kitlope and Kemano), Haisla (Kitamaat) and Kitasoo Peoples of the central and north coasts of British Columbia
Conner, Theresa Ann 2005. UVIC M.A. thesis (Geography): Social vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change impacts : identifying attributes in two remote coastal communities on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.
Crosby, Marcia Violet 1994. UBC M.F.A. thesis: Indian art/Aboriginal title
Cullis-Suzuki, Severn 2007. UVIC M.A. thesis (Environmental Studies): Tending the meadows of the sea: Traditional Kwakwaka’wakw harvesting of Ts’áts’ayem (Zostera marina L.; Zosteraceae)
Currie, Noel Elizabeth 1994. UBC Ph.D. (English): Captain Cook at Nootka Sound and some questions of colonial discourse
Deshield, Cory Ginger 1995. UBC M.A. thesis: Using indigenous knowledge in resource management: knowledge of salmon in the upper St’át’imc (Lillooet, B.C.)
Fenn, Catherine 1993. UBC M.A. thesis: Life history of a collection: the Tahltan materials collected by James A. Teit
Fortney, Sharon 2001. UBC M.A. thesis: Identifying Sto:lo basketry : exploring different ways of knowing material culture
Furniss, Elizabeth 1997. UBC Ph.D. dissertation: In the spirit of the pioneers : historical consciousness, cultural colonialism and Indian/white relations in rural British Columbia
Garvey, Charlene 1993. UBC M.A. thesis: Who shall remain nameless? Makers and collectors in MOA’s Nuu-chah-nulth basketry collection
Hancock, Robert 2007. UVIC Ph.D. dissertation (Interdisciplinary): Historiographical representations of materialist anthropology in the Canadian setting, 1972-1982
Harris, Douglas, UBC thesis (Law). 1998. The legal capture of British Columbia’s fisheries: a study of law and colonialism.
Hawker, Ronald 1998. UBC M.A. thesis: Accumulated labours: First Nations art in British Columbia, 1922-1961 (direct download)
Hunt, Dale 2005. UVIC M.A. thesis (HSD) We are all different, still living under the same culture : a Kwakwaka’wakw perspective on dispute resolution and resolution building
Johnson, Leslie Main 1997. Alberta Ph.D. dissertation: Health, wholeness, and the land : Gitksan traditional plant use and healing (direct download)
Kehler, Caiomhe 2007. UVIC MPA (Public Administration): The Province of BC’s new relationship with First Nations: a review of the implications of shared decision-making for strategic Crown land use planning
Keighley, Diane 2000. UBC M.A. thesis (History): “Almost lost but not forgotten” : contemporary social uses of Central Coast Salish spindle whorls
Kennedy, Andrea Holly 2009. UBC Ph.D. dissertation (Interdisciplinary): Deeper than mere consultation : negotiating land and resource management in British Columbia, post-Delgamuukw
Lawson, Kimberley 2004. UBC MLIS: Precious fragments : First Nations materials in archives, libraries and museums
Littlefield, Lorraine. 1995. UBC Ph.D. dissertation. Gender, class and community: the history of Sne-nay-muxw women’s employment
Mackie, Richard S. 1994. UBC Ph.D. dissertation (History): The Hudson’s Bay Company on the Pacific, 1821-1843
Mah, Shirley 200o. UBC M.Sc. Thesis (Forestry): Relationship between vital attributes of Ktunaxa plants and natural disturbance regimes in Southeastern British Columbia
Markey, Nola 2001. SFU M.A. thesis: Data gathering dust: an analysis of traditional use studies conducted within Aboriginal communities in British Columbia (direct download).
Martin, Kathryn 2009. UVIC M.A. thesis (History): Honouring experience: cross-cultural relationships between indigenous and settler women in British Columbia, 1960 – 2009
Mattson, Linda Karen 1997. UBC Ph.D. dissertation: Examination of the systems of authority of three Canadian museums and the challenges of aboriginal peoples
McSkimming, Robert 1975. UBC M.A. thesis (geography): Territory, territoriality and cultural change in an indigenous society : Old Crow, Yukon Territory
Midgley, Christopher 2005. UBC M.A. thesis (Landscape Architecture): Turning the museum inside out : place and placemaking at Esowista
Milburn, Maureen 1997. UBC Ph.D. dissertation (Fine Arts): The politics of possession: Louis Shotridge and the Tlingit collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum
Napoleon, Valerie 2009. UVIC Ph.D thesis (Law): Ayook : Gitksan legal order, law, and legal theory.
Nicolson, Marianne 2005. UVIC M.A. thesis (Interdisciplinary). Moving forward while looking back: a Kwakwaka’wakw concept of time as expressed in language and culture
Olsen, Sylvia Valerie. 1998. UVIC M.A. thesis (History). “We Indians were sure hard workers” A history of Coast Salish wool working.
Paige, Sharon 2004. UVIC M.Ed. In the voices of the Sul-hween/Elders, on the Snuw’uyulh teachings of Respect : their greatest concerns regarding Snuw’uyulh today in the Coast Salish Hul’q’umi’num’ Treaty Group territory
Patrick, Lyana Marie 2004. UVIC M.A. thesis (HSD) Storytelling in the Fourth World : explorations in meaning of place and Tla’amin resistance to dispossession
Patterson, Margaret 1975. UBC M.A. thesis: Northwest coast kerfed containers : a formal study
Paul, Roxanne 2006. UVIC M.A. thesis (Interdisciplinary): Counting on their migration home: an examination of monitoring protocols and Saanich First Nations’ perspectives of Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch), Chinook (O. tshawytscha) and Chum (O. keta) Pacific Salmon at Goldstream River and Saanich Inlet, Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Pinkoski, Marc 2006. UVIC Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary): Julian Steward and American anthropology: the science of colonialism
Plant, Byron King 2004. UVIC M.A. thesis (History): Hank Snow and moving on: tradition and modernity in Kwakwaka’wakw 20th century migration.
Pukonen, Jennifer 2008. UVIC M.A. thesis (Environmental Studies): The λ’aayaʕas Project: Revitalizing Traditional Nuu-chah-nulth Root Gardens
Quirt, Lyane 2008. UVIC M.A. thesis (Interdisciplinary): The universe and my brain in a jar: Canadians, universities, and Indigenous Peoples
Ransom, Kelly Marie. 1993. UBC MFA. Art as negotiation: the reciprocal construction of meanings in the argillite carvings of Charles Edenshaw
Richmond, Patrick Andre 2007. UVIC M.A. thesis (HSD): A serpentine path: the impact of legal decisions on aboriginal rights and title on the conduct of treaty negotiations in British Columbia
Ritch-Krc, Elisabeth 1992. UBC M.Sc. (botany): A selection of traditional medicinal remedies important to contemporary Carrier people in their treatment of disease
Ruebsaat, Norbert 1987. SFU M.A. (Communication) SPEAKING WITH DIANE BROWN: AN INVESTIGATION OF TESTIMONY PRESENTED BEFORE HIS HONOUR, MR. JUSTICE HARRY MCKAY IN THE SUPREME COURT OF B.C., NOVEMBER 6TH, 1985, IN THE MATTER OF WESTERN FOREST PRODUCTS LTD. AND DEMPSEY COLLINSON, CHIEF OF THE SKIDEGATE INDIAN BAND, ON EEBALF OF HIMSELF AND ALL OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SKIDEGATE INDIAN RAND, MILES RICHARDSON, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE HAIDA. TRIBAL COUNCIL, ON BEHALF OF HIMSELF AND ALL OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HAIDA TRIBAL COUNCIL, GARY RU66, GARY EDENSHAW, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE AND PERSONS UNKNOWN. [sic]
Scarangella, Linda 2002. UBC M.A. thesis: Reclaiming symbols and history in multiple zones : experiencing Coast Salish culture and identity through performance at Hiwus Feasthouse
Schulz, Elaine Ruth 2008. UBC M.A. thesis: A partnership of peoples : understanding collaboration at the Museum of Anthropology
Seymour, Ann Elizabeth 1995. UBC M.A. thesis (History): Natives and reserve establishment in nineteenth century British Columbia
Shane, Audrey 1978. UBC M.A. thesis: Shadow and substance : a computer assisted study of Niska and Gitksan totem poles
Smith, Linda R. 2007. UVIC M.A. thesis (Linguistics): Suwh-ts’eghedudinh: the Tsinlhqut’in niminh spiritual path
Smith, Morgen 2003. UBC M.A. thesis: Managing by the numbers? : examining barriers to harvest assessment in a Southeast Alaska subsistence salmon fishery
Smith, Robin 1998. Trent M.A. thesis: Hishuk ish ts’awalk – All things are one: traditional ecological knowledge and forest practices in ahousaht first nations’s traditional territory, Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia (direct download)
Sparrow, Kathy Bedard. 2003. UBC MA thesis (Anthropology): A Haida writing : about Chief Wiiaa.
Spiro, Holly 2003. UBC M.Sc. thesis (Forestry): An implementation analysis of the Clayoquot Sound scientific panel recommendations on First Nations perspectives
Swallow, Tye 2005. UVIC M.Ed. A sense of place : toward a curriculum of place for Wsánec people
Thompson, Judith. 2004. UVIC M.A. thesis (Environmental Studies): Gitga’at plant project : the intergenerational transmission of traditional ecological knowledge using school science curricula
Vickers, Patricia 2008. UVIC M.A. thesis (history): Ayaawx (Ts’msyen ancestral law): The power of transformation
Wells, Marlene 2004. UBC M.A. thesis (planning): Structuring collaboration amongst B.C. First Nations and local governments : learning from Katzie First Nation and neighbouring local governments
Wheatley, Wendy Christy 2006. UVIC M.A. thesis (Environmental Studies): Co-management of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site: panarchy as a means of assessing linked cultural and ecological landscapes for sustainability
Wright, Maisie Helen UBC M.A. thesis (Planning): A study of the traditional governance of the Gitxsan : its relevance today
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thanks so much, this is an amazing resource that I was not aware of. I really appreciate seeing all of this important collective work.
This is a wonderful resource for someone hoping to pursue similar research to what you’ve collected above. Thank you!