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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Chris Arnett

Author and carver Chris Arnett is a fourth generation British Columbian on his mother’s side and a member of the Ngai Tahu, a New Zealand Maori tribe, on his father’s side. With a life-long interest in the pre-history and history of BC and New Zealand, he has researched the archeology of the Stein River Valley for the ‘Nlaka’pamux Nation Development Corporation and has worked for the Sooke Region Museum and Archives on a historical survey of logging on Vancouver Island’s southwest coast, which was published in 1989.

Arnett has worked for various native bands as a heritage consultant; he has also taught First Nations studies at Malaspina College.

LATEST Chris Arnett NEWS

February 2014 : This Weekend! The Galiano Island Literary Festival


Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand

“…an engrossing and delightful book.”

— Georgia Straight

“With her inclusion of contextual references, time- and community-based specificities, and political subjectivities, Cryer’s collection is perfectly positioned for a Hul’q‘umi’num’ Coast Salish-centered critical lens to be theorized and historicized from the work.”

— Canadian Literature

“A book that provides some of the best accounts of Coast Salish mythology available.”

— BC Studies


The Terror of the Coast

“This meticulously researched book is a scholarly yet compelling account of a neglected and shameful chapter in British Columbia’s history.”
– Canadian Book Review Annual

“A lengthy and well-referenced book that adds an important chapter to B.C. history … Convincingly show[s] the ‘Colonial War’ of 1863 was one more disgraceful event in the still-evolving colonization of what was later to become British Columbia.”
– BC Bookworld

“The Terror of the Coast is an excellent example of the sort of penetrating research and analysis now being published outside the university press community. It will become a valued reference for Northwest Coast scholars as well as an engaging textbook for … students.”
– Canadian Historical Review


They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever

“… the most complete published record of these rock paintings to date.”

— American Anthropologist

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