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Chilcotin War Article from UVic Historian

Professor John Lutz of the University of Victoria Department of History has published a neat piece on the Chilcotin war in the Winter 2005 issue of British Columbia Magazine (excerpt here). Titled ‘The War That Nobody Won,’ Prof. Lutz’s article is the story of soldier John Brough and the diary he kept on his travels with the colonial militia sent to the Chilcotin Plateau in west-central British Columbia to quell the uprising of Ts’ilhqotin natives. Archival photographs and maps illustrate the article.

As for the significance of the diary, Prof. Lutz says this:

Brough’s firsthand perspective provides a strong counterpoint to earlier interpretations of the conflict, which portrayed a resounding victory of the colony over its native subjects.

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2 Comments

  1. Tsilhqut'in wrote:

    its spelled “Tsilhqut’in” not with the O but with a U, and i got a problem with “The War Nobody Won” becuase the chilcotins won

    Friday, March 10, 2006 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  2. Thanks for the spelling correction … and your point about the victory is well taken … perhaps the confusion lies with an emphasis on historical documents instead of an emphasis on the memories and traditions of Tsilhqut’in people?

    Friday, March 10, 2006 at 9:26 pm | Permalink