We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War

Beyond this Site

As rich as this site is, it is only the beginning of the research that can be done on the Chilcotin War and related matters. Below are some Internet and library resources that will expand your research beyond this site.

One of the richest sources for this mystery that is already online, so only excerpted here, is R.C. Lundin Brown, Klatsassan, and Other Reminiscences of Missionary Life in British Columbia London: Gilbert and Rivington, 1873. Brown spent the period between the trial and the execution making daily visits to the condemned Tsilhqot’in. The whole of Brown’s book is available at the Canadiana Online site.

The major source for the primary documents on this site is the British Columbia Archives, which has finding aids and many of their photos online.

For a guide to British Columbia History on the Web, see British Columbia History Internet/WWW page by David Mattison.

Other Online Resources

Barkerville and the Cariboo Gold Rush

Barkerville (BC Heritage Branch Site)
Barkerville Gold Rush Community and Its Newspaper, the Cariboo Sentinel
Cariboo Gold Rush Roadhouses

Books, Articles and Theses

Chilcotin War and Related History

Furniss, Elizabeth. The Burden of History: Colonialism and the Frontier Myth in a Rural Canadian Community. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999.

Glavin, Terry, and the People of Nemiah. Nemiah, The Unconquered Country. Vancouver: New Star, 1992.

Hendrickson, James, ed. Journals of the Colonial Legislatures of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1851-1871. Victoria: Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1980.

Hewlett, Edward Sleigh. “The Chilcotin Uprising of 1864,” in BC Studies, No. 19, Autumn, 1973.

Hewlett, Edward Sleigh. “The Chilcotin Uprising: A Study of Indian-White Relations in Nineteenth Century British Columbia,” MA Thesis, University of B.C., 1972.

Kershaw, Adrian, and John Spittle.The North Bentinck Arm Route. Vernon: Okanagan University College, 1981.

Kershaw, Adrian, and John Spittle. The North Bentinck Arm Route: Lt. Palmers Trail of 1862. Vernon: Okanagan University College, 1981.

McKelvie, Bruce. Tales of Conflict: Indian-White Murders and Massacres in Pioneer British Columbia. Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 1985, Chapter 15.

Rothenburger, Mel. The Chilcotin War. Langely, B.C.: Mr Paperback, 1978.

Sarich, Anthony. Report on the Cariboo-Chilcotin Justice Inquiry. Victoria: Cariboo-Chilcotin Justice Inquiry, 1993.

“A politically correct rewrite of legal history: BC's Attorney-General seeks pardons for Indians who carried out an 1864 massacre [Chilcotin war]”,Western Report. November 15, 1993, 8(42): 28-30.

Whymper, Frederick. Travel and Adventure in the Territory of Alaska. London: John Murray, 1868.

Williams, Judith. High Slack: Waddington’s Gold Road and the Bute Inlet Massacre of 1864. Vancouver: Transmontanus, 1996.

Tsilhqot’in Culture

Birchwater, Sage. Chiwid. Vancouver: Transmontanus/New Star Books, c1995.

Charleyboy, Orrey. Tsi Del Del: Redstone. Williams Lake, B.C.: Chilcotin Language Committee, 1991.

Coull, Cheryl. A Traveller's Guide to Aboriginal British Columbia. Vancouver: Whitecap, 1996.

Dinwoodie, David. Reserve Memories: The Power of the Past in a Chilcotin Community. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska, 2002.

Glavin, Terry and the People of Nemiah, Nemiah, The Unconquered Country. Vancouver: New Star, 1992.

Lane, Robert. “Chilcotin.” In Handbook of North American Indians: Plateau Vol. 6., ed. by William Sturtevant. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1981, 402-412.

Lane, Robert. "Cultural Relations of the Chilcotin Indians of West Central B.C." Ph.d. diss, University of Washington, 1953.

Teit, James. “Notes on the Chilcotin,” in “The Shuswap.” In Ethnology and Archaeology of Southern British Columbia and Washington, Jesup North Pacific Expedition. Memoir of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol II, ed. by Franz Boaz, 1909.


Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Toronto and Quebec: University of Toronto and Universite Laval, various years.

Shanks, Neville. Waddington: A Biography of Alfred Penderill Waddington. Port Hardy, B.C.: North Island Gazette, 1975.

Williams, David. The Man for a New Country: Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie. Sidney, B.C.: Gray's Pub., 1977.


Evans, Stan. Snow-Coming Moon. Victoria, B.C.: Horsdal & Schubart, c1997.

Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History