FISKE, Jo-Anne

As chief of the Lake Babine Nation in north central B.C., Betty Patrick co-authored the first book about the Lake Babine First Nation entitled Cis Dideen Kat (When the Plumes Rise): The Way of the Lake Babine Nation (UBC Press, 2000) with Jo-Anne Fiske, a teacher of anthropology and women's studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. They recall the outlawed potlatch or 'balhats' ceremonies and trace relations with the Canadian government and legal system, outlining their alternate traditional legal system with materials gleaned from interviews with elders and archival research. Cis dideen kat was shortlisted for the 2001-2002 Harold Adams Innis Prize.

[BCBW 2004]

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Cis Dideen Kat - When Plumes Rise: The Way of the Lake Babine Nation