Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws is a journey through the 10,000-year history of the Interior Plateau nation in British Columbia. Told through the lens of past and present Indigenous storytellers, this volume details how a homeland has shaped Secwépemc existence while the Secwépemc have in turn shaped their homeland. Marianne Ignace and Ronald Ignace, with contributions from ethnobotanist Nancy Turner, archaeologist Mike Rousseau, and geographer Ken Favrholdt, compellingly weave together Secwépemc narratives about ancestors’ deeds. They demonstrate how these stories are the man- ifestation of Indigenous laws (stsq ’ey ’) for social and moral conduct among humans and all sentient beings on the land, and for social and political relations within the nation and with outsiders. Breathing new life into stories about past transformations, the authors place these narratives in dialogue with written historical sources and knowledge from archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, earth science, and ethnobiology. In addition to a wealth of detail about Secwépemc land stewardship, the social and political order, and spiritual concepts and relations embedded in the Indigenous language, the book shows how between the mid-1800s and 1920s the Secwépemc people resisted devastating oppression and the theft of their land, and fought to retain political autonomy while tena- ciously maintaining a connection with their homeland, ancestors, and laws. An exemplary work in collaboration, Sec- wépemc People, Land, and Laws points to the ways in which Indigenous laws and traditions can guide present and future social and political pro- cess among the Secwépemc and with settler society. Marianne Ignace is professor of linguistics and First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University. Chief Ronald E. Ignace is a Secwépemc historian, storyteller, and politician, and adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University. 2 2 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 7 I N D I G E N O U S S T U D I E S Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws Yerí7 re Stsq ’ey ’s-kucw marianne ignace and ronald e. ignace Foreword by Bonnie Leonard An exploration of Secwépemc history told through Indigenous knowledge and oral traditions. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queen’s Native and Northern Series September 2017 978-0-7735-5130-5 $39.95T CDN, $39.95A US, £34.00 cloth 6.25 x 9.25 528pp eBook available