Dr. Wendy Wickwire

Dr. Wendy Wickwire
Associate Professor, Emeritus
History and Environmental Studies

BMus (W Ont), MA (York), PhD (Wesleyan)



Indigenous history, British Columbia, Oral History, History of Northwest Anthropology.


I teach courses on the history of British Columbia with special emphasis on the Indigenous peoples of the region.  My staple course (HIST 354D), originally titled “Observers Observed,” is a history of the early ethnography in the region (1880s to 1940s). It focuses on the massive collecting project that took place in the region at the turn of the twentieth century under the auspices of Franz Boas and others.  It also draws on my current book project on James A. Teit (1864-1922), an ethnographer who spent forty years living and working among the peoples of the south central Interior.  I am cross-appointed to the School of Environmental Studies where I teach a course (ES 427) on the environmental history of British Columbia.  This year I am developing a new course (History 359) that intersects with both of my units. It is entitled, “Sacred Salmon: A Cultural History.”


Selected publications


  • Stein: The Way of the River. With Michael M’Gonigle. (Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1988).
  • Write It On Your Heart: The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller (ed.) With Harry Robinson. (Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1989).
  • Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller (ed.) With Harry Robinson. (Douglas and McIntyre and University of Washington Press, Vancouver & Seattle, 1992). New edited edition, Vancouver: Talonbooks: Vancouver, 2004).
  • Victory Harvest: Diary of a Canadian in the British Women’s Land Army, 1940-1944, by Marian Kelsey. (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1997). Edited and with an Introduction by Wendy Wickwire and Michael M’Gonigle.
  • Guest editor, BC Studies (“Ethnographic Eyes: Essays in Memory of Douglas L. Cole”), Special Double Issue, Nos. 125/126, Spring/Summer, 2000.
  • Living By Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory (Talonbooks, Vancouver 2005).

Articles and chapters:

  • “To See Ourselves as the Other’s Other: Nlaka’pamux Contact Narratives,” Canadian Historical Review, 75 (1), 1994, pp. 1-20.
  • “‘We Shall Drink From the Stream and So Shall You’: James A. Teit and Native Resistance in British Columbia, 1908-22,” Canadian Historical Review 79 (2), 1998, pp. 199-236.
  • “Reconciling Issues of Time-Past and Time-Present in New Works of BC Ethnography: A Review Essay,” in BC Studies  (Summer/Autumn 2003) 138/139, 165-172. 
  • “Stories from the Margins: Toward a More Inclusive British Columbia Historiography,” Journal of American Folklore  118 (470), Fall 2005: 453-474.
  • “’They Wanted Me To Help Them’: James A. Teit and the Challenge of Ethnography in the Boasian Era,” in Celia Haig-Brown and David A. Nock, eds., With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006), pp. 307-316.

Grad students


Christie Shaw, 2002
Robert Hancock, 2002 
Allison McRae-Miller 2003
Nicholas May, 2003  (SSHRC-funded)
Jonathan Peyton, 2004  (SSHRC-funded)
Elaine Moore
Karl Preuss
Emma Lowman (SSHRC-funded)

Current students:

Davin Alder
Emily Recalma
Ben Clinton-Baker
Lianne Charlie
Elina Hill