The Creston library will be hosting a book launch on December 8th at 2pm for Chris Luke Sr.’s new book “Yaqan Nukiy: Their history, culture, and traditions”. The launch will include readings, drinks and snacks, book sales and signings.
Chris Luke is a respected elder and spiritual leader among his people. His new book, illustrated with drawings by Bruce Paterson, is a valuable and enlightening story of the Yaqan Nukiy people, living on the Lower Kootenay Band reserve, part of the larger nation of the Ktunaxa people.
The Ktunaxa are a resilient and spiritual people. Traditionally, the Ktunaxa people’s territory extended from the upper Kootenay-Columbia, where they had strong ties to the Secwépemc Nation, and south to northern Idaho and east through parts of Montana.
Before settlers appeared, there is evidence that the Ktunaxa lived in their territory for about 12,000 years. They have protected and guarded their land and throughout their history, it provided everything they needed: food, clothing, houses, weapons.
This book will add to the knowledge and understanding of the Ktunaxa history, culture, spirituality, and way of life. This book will be a valuable addition to any school curriculum. In addition, it will support the healing and reconciliation process among settlers and First Nations people as it adds to the knowledge and understanding of the Yaqan Nukiy way of the life and some of the stresses and struggles they have had to deal with.
Chris Luke’s book will be a gift of awareness for everyone who reads it. It is also a testament to the resilience of the Yaqan Nukiy and their strength in dealing with social and cultural upheavals. This book will help to promote Ktunaxa and Yaqan Nukiy history, culture, traditions and language, both for the people of the Yaqan Nukiy community as well as to the non-indigenous people who live within Ktunaxa territory and far beyond.