Q'Sapi: A History of Okanagan People As Told by Okanagan Families

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Shirley Louis
Theytus Books, 2008 - History - 262 pages
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There are many individual voices, male and female, old and young, scattered about me. These voices expressed themselves in two languages, Okanagan and English. Okanagan was unwritten for the most part. But more often than not, as if by some magnetic pull of oral tradition, the individual tribal voices unconsciously blended together with the English voice, like braided strands of thread, into one voice, story, song and prayer. That thread stretched, unbroken to the pre-time and origin, that still lived in the mystery and power of the Okanagan language; their spoken word even translated into English as it had been for well over decades before I was born. The echo of that tribal voice, in Okanagan or English, never disappears or fades from my ear, not even in the longest silences of the people or in my absences from them. —Arnie Louie

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Shirley Louis lives at Six Mile Creek on the Okanagan Indian Reserve at Vernon, British Columbia. She is of Okanagan Indian heritage. She has written two books. We Heard It In The Bushes --The Macdougall Story , was published in 1992 and Q'sapi in 2002. Shirley has three children and eight grandchildren and plans to try her hand at fiction in the near future.

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