IA Events

Seminar: Hidden Voices: Uncovering the History of First Nations Women

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 12:15:10 PM

Start: Feb 24, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 24, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Dr Jacky Moore (Canterbury Christ Church University) - This presentation considers the complex lives lived by First Nation women through the words of one particular group, the Nuu’Chah’Nulth, who live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Within an historical framework covering two hundred years from the arrival of Captain Cook in Nootka Sound on the west-coast of Vancouver Island in 1778 to the present day, it explores the stories recounted by these women, how stories have shaped their lives, stories silenced by the colonial context under which they grew up.

Women are central to this presentation: their lived experiences, their role in the communities, and the rich co-existence of Nuu’Chah’Nulth women with each other and the land that surrounds them, and the need to uncover First Nation women’s history and traditional culture from obscurity. Oral narratives proved to be the perfect medium for documenting First Nation women’s invisible history as oral history makes women’s voices accessible.

This is a detailed case study focusing on thirteen interviews with Nuu’Chah’Nulth women, exploring their role in their communities, their economic and social standing and the impact of colonialism and residential schooling upon them.

Jacky Moore has recently been awarded a PhD for her thesis on the women of the Nuu’Chah’Nulth, the research for which was carried out while a part-time student at Canterbury Christ Church University from 2008 to 2013. She previously obtained a BA (Hons) degree in American Studies at Canterbury, also as a part-time student, graduating with First Class honours in July 2007. Before returning to study in 2001, Jacky had a long career in primary school teaching, both as a classroom teacher and as a subject adviser for Maths and Geography. Her earlier qualifications included Certificate of Education in 1969, a BA in Education with the Open University in 1989, and an MA in Primary Education from the University of Greenwich in 1994. She has given papers on First Nation topics at various conferences while undertaking her PhD research and is currently preparing her manuscript for a book series on Indigenous history edited by Coll Thrush (University of British Columbia) amongst others.

Refreshments available from 17:30, presentation starts at 18:00. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.