“Conversations with Khahtsahlano” is available online

Did you enjoy the recent Khatsahlano Music and Arts Festival and want to know more about the origin of the name? Conversations with Khahtsahlano 1932-1954 is now online at the Internet Archive.

We uploaded it a while ago but there was a glitch that sent it to our film collection. That’s been fixed, and it’s now available in several text formats and in the online reader.

Published in 1955, it contains transcriptions of conversations between Vancouver’s first City Archivist, Major J.S. Matthews, and August Jack Khahtsahlano, a Squamish chief born in 1877 near the site of the Burrard Bridge. Over the course of 22 years Chief Khahtsahlano recounted details of his family and their lives as well as stories about local events. Matthews in turn transcribed the visits and augmented them with maps, drawings and photographs.

10 responses to ““Conversations with Khahtsahlano” is available online

  1. Khahtsahlano has two different forms of pagination (top left and bottom center; I am not sure which one to use for documentation. Any suggestions? best, Marcia

  2. Heather Gordon

    Either would be fine, as long as you note which one you’re using in your first citation.

  3. Hello,
    My Name is Kay Johnston, I am a writer. My new book, Amazing Mazie Baker, Squamish Nation’sWarrior Elder will be published in the Spring of 2016 by Caitlin Press.
    I am contacting the Vancouver Archives to request permission to use the following quote by Andy Paull from Conversations with Khahtsahlano 1932-1954

    “It was the duty of the more responsible Indians to see that the history and traditions of our race were properly handed down to posterity. Knowledge of our history and legends was similar as an education is regarded among white men. Those who possessed it were regarded as aristocrats those who were indifferent whether adults or children were rascals. Being without means of transmitting it into writing much of the time was spent by the aristocrats in importing this knowledge to the youth. It was the responsible duty of the responsible elders.”
    Mathews, Major J S ( former Vancouver Archivist) Conversations with Khahtsahlano 1932-1934
    Out of print 1955 ASN B0007K3902 page 182

    I have downloaded the document and realise there will be a cost attached. No doubt there will be a fee attached for the use of the quote. If you grant permission for use would you be so kind as to send me the text you wish to have attached to recognise the Archives and the amount payable?
    I have contacted the archives several times now re this request and have not received a reply. I’m wondering what it isI’m not doing correctly!
    Thank you in advance for your assistance

    Kay Johnston

  4. Heather Gordon

    Since you’re not seeking to reproduce a substantive part of the work, there is no need to request permission — simply cite the passage. Should you ever wish to use a substantive part, please note our policy is to allow any resources in our holdings that are in the public domain or under City of Vancouver copyright to be used by anyone however they wish, free of charge. We only charge when asked to make reproductions of works, not for use.

    We’re not sure what happened to your previous requests for permission. If you email me directly at heather.gordon@vancouver.ca with details regarding how and who you have contacted in the past, I can follow up.

  5. Morley Eldridge

    Kay, FYI, the description of passing on of historical detail as a requirement to be a high status individual is exactly consistent with the descriptions in: Suttles, Wayne
    1958 Private Knowledge, Morality, and Social Classes among the Coast Salish. American Anthropologist 58:497-506.

  6. June Miller

    I am Squamish Nation. I was brought up in Foster homes from 3 to 19 years. I was given this page to access our history, and learn where I came from.
    This is fabulous, and it gave me a vision of my past, and what I can pass on to the future. Make sense? The man that has helped me with my journey of finding myself and where I belong is one of our Squamish Nation Chiefs. How lucky am I! Pretty lucky is the answer.

  7. Christine O'Brien

    I found this by accident and had goosebumps as my great great grandfather was John Beatty and great great grandmother was Emily George, which would make Chief George my great great great grandfather! Is it possible to order a printed copy? A lot of this information is new to me and such a wonderful thing to add to my family research collection!

  8. Heather Gordon

    What a wonderful connection to discover! I’m afraid the book is long out of print, but copies do appear in used bookstores from time to time. Alternatively, the pdf version from the Internet Archive may take awhile to download (it’s a large file), but it should allow for a decent print out.

  9. Richard Daniels

    I was honoured to given this name when I was initiated into the long house by grand mother about 13 years ago This book I found in a vintage book to store many years ago.She shared some good stories of the early years with her grandfather Khatsahlano. The mask is still in safe keeping up in Squamish.

  10. Jamil Bichara Jemael

    I was fascinated by the story of chef August Jack Khatsahlano. I was on vacation in Vancouver in August 2019, met Kitslano Beach and was curious about the name … I tried to find out, and I got here! I look forward to learning the English language so that I can read this precious and honored book!

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