Feast : A Gitksan Story

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The Gitksan people have practiced holding feasts for countless generations, for hundreds of years, even during the era of assimilation when laws were enacted to stop this tradition, this system has endured. Not all feasts are the same, and what is described in this story may differ from what would happen in other communities up and down the Skeena River. Feasts are dynamic and adapt to each unique situation that may arise. There is no instruction manual on how communities carry out feasts, but there are sacred laws that need to be observed as a sign of respect to the grieving family hosting their feast and to the honored guests who'll be in attendance. This is a story about feasts, of life, and of how the community of Gitsegukla deals with death. This is a Gitksan Story.show more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 11mm | 218g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514701197
  • 9781514701195

About Roy W Russell

Roy Russell is a member of the Gitksan Nation, originally from the small community of Gitsegukla, in northern British Columbia. In 1995, he won the University of Toronto's Booker Prize for his submitted screenplay, "Born Indian," which explored life growing up in a small native reserve. He would then go on to study Computer Science and Film. After Toronto he helped conduct labor market studies in the Pacific Northwest and helped author the Skeena Native Development Society's Labor Market Census, this was published annually, which served as a crucial planning tool for various First Nations communities. In the year 2000, Roy left Canada to see what life had to offer in California. He soon met his wife, Lia, and they are happily married. Roy was soon hired by Visual Concepts and began working on the assorted sports titles published by Take Two Interactive. He worked on popular titles such as 2K Sports Hockey, Baseball, and Basketball games. Not long after, he then was picked up by 2K Marin, a new studio based out of Novato, and worked on BioShock and BioShock 2. In 2010, he started work on writing Feast: A Gitksan Story. An exploration of the feast culture he grew up observing as a member of the Grouse Clan. Written in a novel form, it covers the full week of the grieving process the Gitksan people experience from the death of a community member to the eventual laying to rest of the deceased. He hopes readers will find it enjoyable as a narrative experience, and an enlightening peek into Gitksan culture. Roy still works on software development, computer programming, and spending time with his friends and family in Northern California. He dreams of relocating back to Canada to be closer to family and friends. For now he is working on two still in early development novels that he hopes to release in the future.show more

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