Monday, May 14, 2018


I was delighted to read this post, which includes a video:

Gregory Younging on the History of Theytus Press

Saturday, May 12, 2018:
Gregory Younging (Opaskwayak Cree), author of the newly released Elements of Indigenous Style (2018), shares the history of Theytus Press, the oldest Indigenous-owned Press in Canada. This interview was produced as part of the research project Read, Listen, Tell with lead researcher Sophie McCall. Interview conducted by Natalie Knight; Video + Editing by Rachel M. Ward.


If you look for the website of Theytus Books, you'll have to pass by a lot of Amazon paid interference.  The site is simply  One of the lessons here is that if one is going to search for indigenous publishing, it is necessary to think in terms of at least two countries, the US and Canada.  The boundary between the countries cuts through the continent in an entirely arbitrary way and divides some tribal entities in half.

The following is from the website: 

About Us
Theytus Books is a leading North American publisher of Indigenous voices. Located in Syilx territory on the Penticton Indian Reserve in British Columbia, Theytus Books is proudly First Nations-owned and operated in partnership with the En'owkin Centre.
As the oldest Indigenous publishing house in Canada, Theytus Books is recognized and respected internationally for its contributions to Aboriginal literature. Since its inception in 1980, Theytus Books has been a leading proponent for Indigenous authors, illustrators and artists. It ensures that their voice and vision are expressed with the highest level of cultural authenticity and integrity.

In Salish, “theytus” means “preserving for the sake of handing down.” For founder Randy Fred, the name “Theytus” symbolizes the goal of documenting Indigenous cultures and world views through books.
Theytus Books gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada (through the Department of Heritage Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts/le Conseil des Arts du Canada) and the Government of British Columbia (through the British Columbia Arts Council).

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