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"We begin this work to call together witnesses": the memory of the Second World War in Stó:lō communities, 1993-1995 Labenski, Edward


In 1993, the Stó:1ō raised a memorial housepost in recognition to the contributions of Stó:lō military veterans at home and abroad. The following year, a second commemorative ceremony was held for Stó:1ō veterans at the war memorial. This thesis describes a portion of these two ceremonies. It examines how recollected knowledge about the past is communicated, and the setting of the commemorations in a personal, social, and cultural context. Research for this thesis is based on oral history interviews with nine Stó:1ō veterans and numerous other family members, participation in the 1994 commemoration, and a review of the literature on Coast Salish ceremonialism and Stó:1ō oral traditions. I argue that Stó:lōcommemorations are a special form of social reciprocity, which involves the coordination of public support for veterans, and the sharing of responsibility to remember the past. [Coast Salish, aboriginal war veterans, commemorative ceremonies, oratory and oral history]

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