Stone T'xwelátse

First and foremost the authors wish to thank the T'xwelátse family—including name carriers T'xwelátse (Simon Roberts), T'ixweltel (Kelsey Charlie), T'ixweltel (Kelsey Charlie Jr.), T'xwelwet (Eleanor Joe), T'ixwelathia Taelyn Malloway, and Ts'itsxwelátsa (Kurt Joe)—for their permission allowing us to bring Stone T'xwelátse to The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford and tell his story and for their support of this publication. With great respect we thank Xayteleq (Ray Silver), the Grandmothers, Xwelixweltel (His Honour, the Honorable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), and Eyi:ye (Stan Greene). Many others were involved in the development of the Man Turned to Stone: T'xwelátse exhibition and its transformation into this book. We thank the Semoya Dance Company—Maxine Prevost, Francine and Darwin Douglas, and performers Darwin Douglas Jr., Jade Victor, Justice Victor, Elsie Mae Charlie, Alexis Victor, Ashley Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Brandon Chappell, Ava Douglas, Jace Chappell, Talus Chappell, and Ts'i:eytesh (Josette Jim)—for producing the theatrical performance of the T'xwelátse sxxwiyám. Herb Joe Jr., Clarence Joe, and Carmen Joe helped move Stone T'xwelátse to The Reach. Kat Wahamaa of The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford orchestrated the educational series associated with the exhibition.

We also offer our thanks to Tracey Joe, Tia Halstad, and Ashley Van Dijk of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre for their administrative and archival assistance; Sandra Bonner-Pederson, Kelsie Bonner, Daina Bonner, and Brandy Weisbrod of Bear Image Productions and Jason For­seth of Nadia Design for their work on the film and photographs of Written in Stone as well as the documentary film T'xwelátse Is Finally Home; Wenona Victor of Skowkale First Nation, the University of the Fraser Valley and SFU Criminology, and Susan Rowley of the UBC Museum of Anthropology and Lab of Archaeology for their involvement as panelists in our Public Dialogue session; and Bonny Graham-Krulikie, who produced the Halq'eméylem calligraphy included in these pages. The Royal British Columbia Museum provided access to the Semá:th Lake bird specimens, and Curtis Paul assisted with the installation of the exhibition. The map of Sumas Lake was provided by the National Archives of Canada.