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Letters of Margaret Butcher: Missionary-Imperialism on the North Pacific Coast

Letters of Margaret Butcher: Missionary-Imperialism on the North Pacific Coast (Paperback)

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Now what shall I tell you first? The dayshave been so full of interests and fresh things that I know not where to begin. Suppose I say right here that I believe I shall be very happy here and also that it seems a post I can fit and having said that I'll just write consecutively to give you as good an idea as possible of how we are placed. -- Margaret Butcher, September 4, 1916 From 1916 to 1919, Margaret Butcher served as a missionary nurse and teacher at the Elizabeth Long Memorial Home, a residential school in Kitamaat, British Columbia. The Letters of Margaret Butcher: Missionary-Imperialism on the North Pacific Coast is a collection of letters, written to family and friends, offers a compelling glimpse at her experiences among the Haisla people. Butcher's correspondence reflects the conventional wisdom of the day about racial hierarchy, native culture, and the need for assimilation. Nevertheless, the letters are an invaluable source of first-hand information on missionary work, residential schools, and the Haisla way of life in the early twentieth century.

Editor Mary-Ellen Kelm bookends the collection with an introduction and conclusion that provide historical and historiographical context, exploring the concepts of race, gender, and cultural conflict as they played out on the north Pacific coast.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: prostitution & sex industryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: University of Calgary Press Publication Date: 30/04/2005 ISBN-13: 9781552381663  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mary-Ellen Kelm is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous People of North America in the History Department at Simon Fraser University.

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