Out of the Mist

Martha Black


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This beautifully photographed book features important historical and contemporary objects of Nuu-chah-nulth art and culture, all placed within a historical framework. Includes hereditary names and songs, dances, rights, lands and resources.

“The Nuu-chah-nulth are survivors. This book is their yearbook, a family album, an annual report of the original people of the west coast of this island.” – Robert Amos, Victoria Times-Colonist.

The Royal Museum Shop is operated by the Royal BC Museum Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of merchandise go directly towards supporting the many fine programs and special events at the Royal BC Museum.

1999, paperback, 160 pages

ISBN 978-0-7718-9547-0

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Out of the Mist celebrates the art, culture and history of the Nuu-chah-nulth (formerly called Nootka) nations. It features the material culture – including many major art pieces – of the richly complex societies along the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula. With the help of many Nuu-chah-nulth voices, Martha Black places the objects in context with the cultures and histories of the people who created them.

HuupuKwanum and Tupaat are Nuu-chah-nulth words that designate everything a chief owns, including hereditary names and songs, objects, dances, rights and privileges, lands, and resources. These concepts introduce non-aboriginal people to the profound philosophical, spiritual and personal connections that these objects have always had within Nuu-chah-nulth communities.

See also the companion volume, Nuu-chah-nulth Voices, Histories, Objects and Journeys, edited by Alan L. Hoover


About the Author

Curator of ethnology at the Royal BC Museum since 1997, Martha Black has a PhD in Art History from the University of Victoria (1998) and a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University, Toronto (1988), both focused on Heiltsuk art and museum collections. She has worked on many successful collaborative projects with First Nations and is a specialist in the theory and practice of repatriation within and outside of the treaty negotiation process.



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