this book was written by one of my uncles.
Many non-aboriginal people think that they know, even before they have listened, what aboriginal people will say. They assume that there is an "aboriginal perspective". Uncle Hank's autobiography reminds us that there is no single or simply aboriginal voice.
Wading fearlessly into issues of race, culture, identity, masculinity, politics, labour, technology, and aging. He writes from his own unique perspective. He writes from experience. Being part of the Sho:lo community while working in a logging industry dominated by non-natives, he had the chance to look at the world from many angles.
What Hank chose to say in this book filled with bitter-sweet memories and humourous reflections, does not fit neatly into any school of thought. His words will surprise, trouble, and delight people of all nations.
The Warm and Witty Story
of a British Columbia Half Breed Logger
(West Vancouver: Gray-Donald Graphics, 1972).
Written by Henry Pennier.
Edited by Herbert L. McDonald.
‘Call Me Hank’:
A Stólo Man’s Reflections on Logging,
Living, and Growing Old
(University of Toronto Press, 2006),
edited Keith Thor Carlson and Kristina Fagan.