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

About This Site

Funding Partners
Production Partners
Archival/Museum Partners
Staff — Klatsassin Site
About the Design
Staff — Great Unsolved Mysteries

Funding Partners

This website was made possible by the financial contributions of the following institutions:

· Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Culture Online Initiative
· University of Victoria
· Office of the Vice-President, Research
· Office of the Vice-President, Academic
· Dean of Humanities
· Université de Sherbrooke
· Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Production Partners

· University of Victoria History Department
· Humanities Computing and Media Centre
· The Department of Theory and Policy Studies of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
· University of Sherbrooke History Department
· University of Sherbrooke Translation Program

Archival/Museum Partners

· British Columbia Archives
· Royal British Columbia Museum
· Library and Archives Canada
· Maritime Museum of British Columbia
· Public Record Office of Great Britain

Staff — Klatsassin Site

This was a team effort. The originator, research director, and writer of the index pages for this site was Dr. John Lutz, of the University of Victoria. Research for the whole site and the writing of the cast of character biographies for the site was conducted by Heather Gleboff, Liam Haggarty, and Sophie Lemoyne-Dessaint. The research built on earlier work by Emmy Campbell. The above are all students at the University of Victoria. Janet Pink assisted with proofing.

The XHTML production of this site was done by Sandro Camilli and Patrick Szpak, and the creation of the amazing MySQL database and the script to produce the site was done by Amanuel Moges, all of whom are students at the University of Victoria. Technical advice was provided by Stewart Arneil, Martin Holmes and Scott Gerrity of the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre.

One part of the translation of this site from English to French was done by Dr. Patricia Godbout on the faculty of the University of Sherbrooke Translation Program and her student Elisabeth de Sève, as well as Françoise McNeil, Marie Gagnon and Johanne Martel in Sherbrooke. Another part was done by Cybertexte, Quebec City, under the direction of Sylvain Marois.

Teachers' Guides were produced by Tina Davidson and Heidi Bohaker, graduate students at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, under the direction of Dr. Ruth Sandwell.

The Interpretations were written by Terry Glavin, Edward Sleigh Hewlett, Tina Loo, John Lutz, Mel Rothenburger, and the Tsilhqot’in National Government.

Special thanks to Dr. James Hendrickson for the loan of his collection of colonial dispatches, to Jean Plamondon for his advice on armaments, and to Gary Mitchell and Kathryn Bridge of the British Columbia Archives for their early and ongoing support.

Finally, we especially wish to thank the Tsilhqot'in National Government for their cooperation and willingness to share the Tsilhqot'in viewpoint and history.

About the Design

The website was designed by Don Craig of Hot House Marketing & Design, Victoria. Stylesheets and XHTML coding of the design elements were by Karen Friesen of Hot House. The colours and the design at the bottom of the page were suggested by a Tsilhqot’in basket in the collection of the Royal British Columbia Museum. The background image on the splash page and the title bar is Bute Inlet [BCA I-07162, taken 1981]; the map fragment on the splash page comes from the Public Records Office, Kew MPG 649 . The image of Klatssasin is taken from R.S. Lundin Brown, Klatsassan and Other Reminiscences of Missionary Life in British Columbia, (London: Society for the Promotion of the Gospel, 1873). The rifle is a British Enfield rifle in use by the Royal Engineers in the early 1860s and used by the militia during the Chilcotin War.

Staff — Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project

This website is part of a series under the co-direction of Dr. John Lutz, University of Victoria and Dr. Ruth Sandwell, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and managed by a team that includes the Project Administrator, Heather Gleboff; Scott Gerrity of the Humanities Computing and Media Centre, University of Victoria; Dr. Peter Gossage of the Department of History, Sherbrooke University; and Dr. Pamela Grant, Director of the Translation Program at Sherbrooke University.


The content of this site is copyrighted by the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, excepting much of the documentary and photographic material housed in the British Columbia Archives, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the National Archives of Canada and the Public Record Office, Kew, Great Britain, which is published here with permission. Copyright of the Tsilhqot’in war song belongs to the singers and the oral history taken from Terry Glavin’s book, Nemiah, The Unconquered Country, belongs to the Xeni Gwetin First Nation and is used with permission. Further use is not permitted without permission of the copyright holders.

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