Wiyaxayxt / Wiyaakaa'awn / As Days Go By
Our History, Our Land, Our People --The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla
Primary to this history are native voices telling their own story. Beginning with ancient teachings and traditions, moving to the period of first contact with Euro-Americans, the Treaty council, war, and the reservation period, and then to today's modern tribal governance and the era of self-determination, the tribal perspective takes center stage. Throughout, readers will see continuity in the culture and in ways of life that have been present from the earliest times, all on the same landscape.
Wiyaxayxt (Columbia River Sahaptin) and Wiyaakaa'awn (Nez Perce) can be interpreted to mean "as the days go by," "day by day," or "daily living." They represent the meaning of the English term "history" in two of the common languages still spoken on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
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"Non-Indian and tribal scholars have created a work that is both accessible and on a firm foundation of scholarship, and it is well designed. The book is very successful in providing a tribal perspective on history and subjects addressed regularly by non-Indian authors. Anyone interested..will benefit from adding this book to his or her library."—Oregon Historical Quarterly
"The book is very nicely designed and should work very well in classrooms on the reservation and, one hopes, nearby..In most ways it is a model study..As Days Go By is essential reading for anyone interested in the American Indian communities of the Plateau culture area as well as for readers concerned with how those and similar communities should present their own story."—Journal of Folklore Research
"Editor Karson provides a rich collection of cultural information about the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes located in the Northwest United States. Twelve contributors to the work offer insight into the history of these Native American peoples from their point of view, an approach that sets this work apart from traditional approaches already available in print."—Multicultural Review
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