After the first few days of searching I am beginning to figure out the online archive systems.
keywords are the key to searching, I have expanded the scope of my search from Nlaka’pamux photos to any Indigenous peoples in BC or Canada. It seems that the archives I am accessing aren’t specific enough to find my particular group so my visits to the local archives and Museums are going to be essential.
As I search through all the pictures I am simple amazed at the diversity of how our ancestors lived and how adaptable Ind igneous peoples are. Should I be amazed? No!
Why am I?
Because the lives of indigenous peoples have been erased from the history books. Did I see pictures like these in my social studies class, or history classes? No primarily Western history and civilization was the focus. As I look at all these photographs I am getting an education.
We as Indigenous peoples are amazing, and we should be proud as Indigenous peoples to be the descendants of such resilient, phenomenal people.
I am honored to be the product of my ancestors.