Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, 1787-1898

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University of Hawaii Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Jean Barman (Author) Jean Barman writes about British Columbia history. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she is the author of, among other books, The West beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (University of Toronto Press).Bruce McIntyre Watson (Author) Bruce McIntyre Watson is a Vancouver, BC-based historian whose 3-volume biographical dictionary of the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest published in 2010. In 2000 he and coauthor Jean Barman received the Charles Gates Memorial Award for best article published in Pacific Northwest Quarterly from the Washington State Historical Society.


Leaving Paradise rescues a large and important Pacific Northwest community from relative obscurity. . . . The section entitled 'Hawaiians and Other Polynesians in the Pacific Northwest' [is] particularly noteworthy. This appendix takes up approximately half the volume, and consists of detailed entries of all the people that the authors were able to track. This section is a remarkable sharing of the authors' database of the region, and though not primary source data, it is very close.--Mike Evans, The University of British Columbia "Pacific Affairs, 80:2 (Summer 2007)"
Barman and Watson mined all extant sources to follow Hawai-ian migration and subsequent settlement in the Pacific Northwest, including an extensive and exhaustive listing of individual arriv-als, employment history, residence, and marriage and family pat-terns. The authors conclude that, despite racial discrimination in Canada and the United States, this is an immigrant success story, proof of 'what might have been in the Hawaiian Islands them-selves.'--Sandra Wagner-Wright, University of Hawai'i at Hilo "Pacific Historical Review, 76:4 (November 2007)"
Barman's and Watson's extensive research in fur trade and missionary records is truly impressive and is especially evident in the eight hundred or so biographical entries that compile the second half of the book. . . . [T]he fascinating sections on how many Hawaiians married indigenous men and women and melted into Northwest Native communities demonstrates the fluidity of ethno-racial categories and identities in this period and signals an important issue in need of further exploration.--Lissa Wadewitz, Stanford University "Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2007)"