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Call Me Hank: A Sto:lo Mans Reflections on Logging, Living, and Growing Old
Call Me Hank: A Sto:lo Mans Reflections on Logging, Living, and Growing Old by Henry Pennier 0802094260 9780802094261
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Call Me Hank: A Sto:lo Mans Reflections on Logging, Living, and Growing Old by Henry Pennier

My name is Henry George Pennier and if you want to be a friend of mine please you will call me Hank. So begins Call Me Hank, the autobiography of Hank Pennier (1904-1991): logger, storyteller, and self-described halfbreed. In this work, Pennier offers thoughtful reflections on growing up as a non-status Aboriginal person on or near a St:l reserve, searching for work of all kinds during hard times as a young man, and working as a logger through the depression of the 1930s up to his retirement. Known only to a small local audience when it was first published in 1972, this expanded edition of Penniers autobiography provides poignant political commentary on issues of race, labour, and life through the eyes of a retired West Coast Native logger.Call Me Hank is an engaging and often humorous read that makes an important contribution to a host of contemporary discourses in Canada, including discussions about the nature and value of Aboriginal identity. To Hanks original manuscript, Keith Carlson and Kristina Fagan have added a scholarly introduction situating Hanks writing within historical, literary, and cultural contexts, exploring his ideas and writing style, and offering further information about his life. A map of place names mentioned by Hank, a diagram of a steam logging operation, a glossary of logging terms, and sixteen photographs provide practical and historical complements to Penniers original lively personal narrative.Penniers book preceded the proliferation of Aboriginal writing that began with the publication of Maria Campbells Halfbreed in 1973 and provides a markedly different view of Aboriginal life than other writings of the period. It also documents important aspects of Aboriginal participation in the wage labour economy that have been overlooked by historians, and offers a unique reflection on masculinity, government policy, and industrialization.

Author: Henry Pennier

Language: English

Edition: 2

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 144

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Publication Date: 2006-11-18

Our Price: $5.68

ISBN: 0802094260

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