Literary Nonfiction. Native American Studies. Born in the mid-1850s on Vancouver Island to an Indigenous Hawaiian father and an Indigenous British Columbian mother, Maria Mahoi moved as a young woman to Salt Spring Island in British Columbia's Strait of Georgia, and in mid-life to her very own nearby Russell Island. A true pioneer, Maria lived until 1936 and bore thirteen children, but also kept her father's surname and fiercely protected her interests, including a legal action to acquire Russell Island in her own name. Maria Mahoi's many descendants encouraged and facilitated the telling of her story in its original and now revised edition. Since its original publication in 2004, MARIA MAHOI OF THE ISLANDS has become a classic in its field, and an important document on the history of Indigenous Hawaiians known as Kanakas, who had an early presence across the Pacific Northwest and are now part of the broader Hawaiian diaspora across North America.
The author of numerous articles and books, including The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia, Jean Barman has a MA in Russian Studies (Harvard), MLS (Berkeley), EdD in History of Education (UBC) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She lives in Vancouver.
Author City: Vancouver, BC CAN