Table of contents

List of Illustrations


Introduction / Julia Christensen, Christopher Cox, and Lisa Szabo-Jones

Section One: Storytelling to Understand

Chapter One

Finding My Way: Emotions and Ethics in Community-Based Action Research with Indigenous Communities / Leonie Sandercock

Chapter Two

Notes from the Underbridge / Christine Stewart and Jacquie Leggatt

Chapter Three

Re-valuing Code-Switching: Lessons from Kaska Narrative Performances / Patrick Moore

Section Two: Storytelling to Share

Chapter Four

Art, Heart, and Health: Experiences from Northern British Columbia / Kendra Mitchell-Foster and Sarah de Leeuw

Chapter Five

“Grandson, / this is meat”: Hunting Metonymy in François Mandeville’s This Is What They Say / Jasmine Spencer

Section Three: Storytelling to Create

Chapter Six

sleepless in Somba K’e / Rita Wong

Chapter Seven

Old Rawhide Died / Bren Kolson

Chapter Eight

Métis Storytelling across Time and Space: Situating the Personal and Academic Self between Homelands / Zoe Todd


Conclusion / Julia Christensen, Christopher Cox, and Lisa Szabo-Jones


About the Contributors



Activating the Heart explores how storytelling engages and builds new interconnections between people and their histories, environments, and cultural geographies. It focuses on the significance of storytelling in Indigenous knowledge frameworks and other ways of knowing, and how researchers have embraced narrative and story as a part of their methodologies.