The Xeni Gwet'in
of Amazing British Columbia

On this page: References for the Xeni Gwet'in, the X entry in Amazing British Columbia: A Natural History From A To Z

One alphabet book cannot tell everything about the Xeni Gwet'in. The references below include information about the photographer and links to other sites with more information about the Xeni Gwet'in.

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Vance Hanna,
Photographer of the Xeni Gwet'in

When I finally got into the Nehmiah Valley to research the Xeni Gwet'in for the book Amazing British Columbia, I discovered I had to stay the night. At Colgate House, the home of local outfitters, I admired stunning photographs of the area. Armed with the photographer's name and contact information, I asked if he might have anything that would suit the book. Vance Hanna sent me a CD full of Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin) photos. One caught my eye because it not only had older and younger people, but it also had the beautiful mountains that surround the valley and one of the horses I wrote about in the book. As a bonus, the family in the photo were gathering food, which I had also written about.

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Other photos of the Xeni Gwet'in and the Nemiah Valley

wild horses of the Xeni Gwet'in in the Nemiah Valley of Amazing British Columbia

I took this photo on my final research trip into the Nemiah Valley on August 12, 2009. A herd of six to ten horses crossed the road just in front of me minutes after a small herd of cattle had stood in the road blocking my car. I had photos of the cows, and wanted the horses, too, but even tame horses are skittery, so I didn't step away from my car to get the shot. I simply stood in the doorway and leaned over the roof of the car and clicked while the stallion stared me down.

When I arrived at the outfitters where I was to stay the night, I was told the photo was of wild horses. Needless to say, I was thrilled.

I didn't take photos of the people themselves. I felt like that might be considered disrespectful. Here are some photos you can view online.
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Books About The Xeni Gwet'in And The Nehemiah Valley Of The Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin)

When I researched the Xeni Gwet'in, I got my information from the Internet, TV, and finally from interviewing the band council. I knew about the Xeni Gwet'in nation because I began my life in the area. My aunt had been the telephone operator in Alexis Creek, and although I had never been in the Nemiah Valley, I had been on Highway 20 often.

So books were not at the top of my research tools.

Here is the little I did read.
  • ___________( 2000) "Nemiah Valley" in Encyclopedia of British Columbia Daniel Francis (Ed.) Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing. p. 493.

This link takes you to a list of books about first nations. (This link opens in a new window.)

This link takes you to a list of books about the Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin) area. (This link opens in a new window.)

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Links to other information about the Xeni Gwet'in

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