HOME       SEPASS POEMS       DEVIL'S RUN       AMONGST GOD'S OWN       OTHER MATERIALS       SCHOOLS       CONTACT

 

   

 

 

BOOKS

 

 

SEPASS POEMS:

Foreword

Glossary Audio CD

Sepass Poems Audio CD

Artwork by Lynne Grillmair

Press

Book Sponsors

 

 

SCHOOLS

The Sepass Poems Glossary is available as an audio CD. The words-by-poem follow the order of the Halq’eméylem words as they appear in the book. Read more

 

A set of Indian residential school curricula based on Amongst God's Own for BCSS, 10, 11 and 12 is available as a free download. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sepass Poems

 

The Sepass Poems are ancient and date to a time, long before Europeans arrived in North America. The poems were translated from the Halq’eméylem language into English over a 4-year period, between 1911 and 1915 and represent the only work of ‘classic’ Halq’eméylem literature-in-translation. The poems are documented in this book as told by Chief William K’HHalserten Sepass (b. circa 1840, d. 1943), Chief of Skowkale for over 60 years.

 

High quality book, printed on FSC approved high-grade paper, full colour artwork, two Paul Kane oil paintings (courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum), linen hard case with debossed artwork by George Clutesi, (from 1963 edition, courtesy of George Clutesi family).

 

1,200 Commemorative Edition (1000 with dust-jacket). Limited number of books are signed by Gerald Sepass, grandson of Chief Sepass. The dust-jacketed "Commemorative Edition” is below.

 

156 pp, ISBN: 978-0-9686046-4-9

Publisher's Reduced Price: $34.95

$34.95, plus GST and S&H

$34.95, plus GST and S&H

Overseas customers, please contact us for pricing. All prices are in Canadian funds.

 

 

Limited Commemorative Edition

 

This is the identical Commemorative Edition book, with the addition of a matching debossed linen slipcase. ONLY 200 WORLDWIDE! Limited number of books are signed, and numbered out of 200, by Gerald Sepass, grandson to Chief Sepass and family keeper of the Poems. Makes a beautiful keepsake.

 

1 Sepass Poems Glossary CD included FREE with each purchase of the Limited Edition Sepass Poems (with slip case, numbered & signed)!
 

156 pp, ISBN: 978-0-9686046-4-9

Publisher's Reduced Price: $34.95

$34.95, plus GST and S&H

$34.95, plus GST and S&H

Overseas customers, please contact us for pricing. All prices are in Canadian funds.

.

 

Trade Edition

 

TBA
178 pp
ISBN: 978-0-9686046-2-5

 

 

top

 

 

 

Songs of Y-Ail-Mihth, the Ancient Singer - Sepass Poems in Oral Tradition

Sepass Poems in Oral Tradition – Without a written language these extraordinary “songs of the ancient singer” were recited to memory by the one trained to carry the culture of his people—Chief William K’HHalserten Sepass. The poems have now been recorded and the CD will be available to purchase soon.

 

The Sepass Family and Longhouse Publishing are pleased to announce these extraordinary Poems have been recorded and produced as they were meant to be—in the oral tradition, but in the English language. And in this oral tradition, cultural teachings and spiritual values bring this ancient history alive!

 

 

top

 


Sepass Poems Foreword

 

by the Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Skowkale First Nation has a wonderful history full of very interesting people, one of whom is Old Chief William Sepass. His legacy has not only been his contributions as Chief but also his book, Sepass Poems. Any nation of people are defined not just by what they eat or the language they speak, but rather by their values and beliefs. These values and beliefs are preserved in their history, and for the Stó:lō and Xwelmexw, in our oral tradition. Xwelmexw (Coast Salish) mythology is more than just bedtime stories. These old stories contain the very fabric that forms the basis of our cultural identity. Many of our ceremonies and practices can be traced back to some of these very fundamental concepts about creation and about our connection to the Creator. The Xwelmexw cannot be fully understood by simply studying anthropology reports or archaeology findings. Our oral tradition provides the key to a broader view of who the Xwelmexw people were and are today. These myths and legends as recorded in the Sepass Poems form a vital link to our past and to this Xwelmexw world view that was cradled in the minds and hearts of our Elders over many hundreds of generations.

Our Xwelmexw youth will truly benefit from reading these poems because they contain the essence of Xwelmexw traditional beliefs and spiritual values. Since European contact our traditional knowledge has been under siege. This new edition of Sepass Poems offers a unique opportunity to correct this historic wrong committed in the name of assimilation by filling in this knowledge gap left by years of neglect and suppression.

In 1949 George Clutesi said this about the Sepass Poems: “These poems will be the Indian classic of the future”. By this, I think he meant that like the Homeric legends of Western thought, the Sepass Poems are a profound legacy to future Xwelmexw generations as they continue to seek meaning and stability in an ever-changing modern world.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Sepass Family for sharing this book with us. It is a very proud moment indeed for all of us Xwelmexw people and the people of the world to see this new publication of such an important and historic piece of our past now made available for everyone to read and to appreciate.

 

 

 

top

Sepass Poems Glossary

Spoken by Halq’eméylem speaker, Vivian Williams, Cheam First Nation, Rosedale, BC. Learn the right pronunciations for the Halq’eméylem words found in Sepass Poems.

 

1 Sepass Poems Glossary CD included free with each purchase of the Limited Edition Sepass Poems (with slip case, numbered & signed).

To purchase Glossary CD only: $12.50

$12.50, plus GST and S&H

$12.50, plus GST and S&H

Overseas customers, please contact us for pricing. All prices are in Canadian funds.

.

 

top

 

 

 

Sepass Poems Audio CD

Songs of Y-Ail-Mihth, the Ancient Singer - Sepass Poems in Oral Tradition”

Coming Soon!

 

top

 

 

.

 

Sepass Poems Artwork

 

Beautifully created bLynne Grillmair

 

 

Press

Press Release

Chilliwack Progress article by Robert Freeman

Chilliwack Progress article 2 by Robert Freeman

Interview with Sheila MacKay, CBC Vancouver (featuring Billy Sepass & Gordon Mohs)
 

 

top

 

Sepass Poems Book Sponsors

To all our generous Sponsors, thank you very much!

Copper 

Cloudworks Energy Inc.

Lorraine & Ralph Berezan and Family

Dentalia

Chilliwack Foundation / Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre Society
University of the Fraser Valley

Dr. Paul Aceman & Rahel In memory of Shifra Sheila Aceman z"l. Her spirit soars with the eagles.

Peter Grant & Barbara Cochran

Earl Wilder & Nicole Wilder

Sxwoxwiyam & Family

Obsidian

BC Transmission Corporation / Chehalis Indian Band

Chilliwack Rotary Club

School District 78 (Fraser-Cascade)

Golder Associates Ltd.

Planit Management Inc.

EBA Consulting Engineers and Scientists

Rosalynn, Aleeta & Jenna Sepass

Norman Sepass & Alice Celestine Billy-Sepass

Hugh Sepass, Aaron Commodore, Serena Commodore and Joseph Commodore

Sto:lo Tribal Council

Jayson Malloway-Sepass, Nicole Malloway-Sepass and Melvin Malloway III

 

top

 

 

 

HOME       SEPASS POEMS       DEVIL'S RUN       AMONGST GOD'S OWN       OTHER MATERIALS       SCHOOLS       CONTACT

© 1999 - 2017 Longhouse Publishing. All rights reserved.