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Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations
Robin & Jillian Ridington - UBC Press - 2013

The Dane-zaa are First Nations of the Peace River area.  Where Happiness Dwells: A History of the Dane-zaa First Nations brings together Dane-zaa oral history and historical documents to portray life as it has evolved and changed in the territory of the former Fort St. John Band .  Elders have shared their rich oral history of events going back to before the time of first contact with anthropologists Robin and Jillian Ridington.  Their stories also explain the very nature of the universe in which people and animals have developed ways of living together.  Younger Dane-zaa continue to create their history and to tell about it in new electronic media.  The book's object is to facilitate the Dane-zaa telling their own history in their own words.  Many passages are translated from original recordings in the Beaver language.  Others are transcribed from stories told in English.  All the Dane-zaa texts derive from audio and video and text documents in the Ridington-Dane-zaa archive.

Where Happiness Dwells has been awarded the K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Publishing, which is awarded annually by UBC Press and the Office of the Vice-President Research to the author(s) of the best book published in BC in the previous year. The prize is named in honour of K.D. Srivastava, professor emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who while Vice-President–Student and Academic Services, was principally responsible for the reorganization and revitalization of UBC Press. The Fund was established in 1995 to provide financial support to the Press to assist with the publication of works written by UBC researchers. 

Click on Sitemap in Sidebar for reviews of books I've read recently, Dane-zaa Stories, Sonnets, Haleakela Hiking, Publications & other posts including SHA workshop on recording & editing actualities, 2008, Methodology Thought Leaders Forum, Banff Centre, April 2010 - Video Links - Information about Everything Else on the Site

Hiking in Haleakela Crater, 2011

Frédéric Laugrand RR Videos

A Different Ethnographic Voice

The Poets Don't Write Sonnets Anymore combines ethnographic narrative with cultural commentary and sonnets.  It is published by Plume of Cockatoo Press, Galiano, BC.

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"The Poets Don't Write Sonnets Anymore" in the sidebar for sample passages

You can order the book (100pp Plume of Cockatoo Press 2008 - $15.95) from


Graduated Westminster High School, Westminster, Maryland 1957

BA Swarthmore College, 1962

PhD Harvard University 1968

Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia 1995

(250) 382-4028 cell (250) 537-7591 in US (808) 874-9045

Lives in Victoria, BC




(fridge magnet at former Chief Gerry Attachie's House)


Robin Ridington,
Mar 9, 2013, 12:35 AM