The Write Their Dream on the Rock Forever
About the Book
“The most complete published record of these rock paintings to date.”
Elder Annie York explains the inscriptions on the rocks of British Columbia’s
Stein Valley in this fully revised edition. Her narratives take us back to the wonder
of childhood, and to a time when people and animals lived together in one
Annie York, an Nlaka’pamux Elder, was a cultural authority, healer, and oral
teacher. Author, musician, and carver Chris Arnett is a member of the Ngāi Tahu
Māori iwi. Richard Daly is an independent anthropologist.
About the Book
Annie York, an Nlaka’pamux Elder of Spuzzum, British Columbia, was a cultural authority, healer, and oral teacher who, until her death, imparted knowledge about Indigenous society in the Fraser Canyon of the province. She lived a simple but profound life based on respect for all living things, and a morality which transcended the present century. York’s energetic explanations of rock-writings found in the Stein Valley are published in They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever (1993).
Author and carver Chris Arnett is a fourth-generation British Columbian on his mother’s side and a member of the Ngai Tahu, a New Zealand Maori tribe, on his father’s side. With a life-long interest in the prehistory and history of British Columbia and New Zealand, he has researched the archaeology of the Stein River Valley for the Nlaka’pamux Nation Development Corporation and has worked for the Sooke Region Museum and Archives on a historical survey of logging on Vancouver Island’s southwest coast, which was published in 1989.
Richard Daly is an independent anthropologist who now lives in Norway.