Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way, Second Edition


Maa Press, 2021, Second edition.

Author/Title Info:

by Marilyn James and Taress Alexis ; with the Blood of Life Collective


978-0-968530290, 096853029X


Stories are the ancestral bloodlines of the Autonomous Sinixt—what we share and pass down generationally are the memories that flow through our veins and carry culture and connection to our tmxʷulaʔxʷ, our homeland.

The second edition of Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way, published by Maa Press, invites readers to engage with the stories of Sinixt tmxʷulaʔxʷ through lively oral storytelling, original artwork, written discussion, and reflection. Three new stories and many updates touch on critical issues such as Indian Residential Schools, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Sinixt cosmology, salmon reintroduction, MMIW and the contemporary treaty process.

Following our work with the Sinixt dialect, snselxcin, through the T’kikstn Language Revitalization Project, we’ve also added and updated Sinixt words in the text.

This second edition contains about 30% new material, including three new stories, and will be available after Nov 22th, 2021. Edited and published by Blood of Life Collective member K.L. Kivi, with book design by Amélie Blanchard, and cover art by Tyler Toews.

The first edition of Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way, published in 2018, is still available on our website.


Free Audio Download of the 21 Sinixt stories that go with Not Extinct – password is on the copyright page of the book (you do not need the user name). These stories are also available for purchase as a 2-CD set. Contact us if you want to order one.

Teachers’ Resource Guide Form

Cataloguing in Publication

Not Extinct at the Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Library and Archives Canada

Local Notes:




About the Authors

Marilyn James

Marilyn James was the Spokesperson for the Sinixt Nation in the Canadian portion of her people’s traditional territory for over 25 years. She continues to be active as an elder in the responsibility of upholding Sinixt protocols and laws in the Sinixt təmxʷúlaʔxʷ under Sinixt smum iem law. She holds a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University and has developed aboriginal curriculum currently being used in four BC School Districts and on the provincial web platform. Marilyn is an accomplished Storyteller in the Sinixt tradition and has told stories to a wide variety of audiences. She is an ardent advocate for human responsibilities toward land and water and is a mother and grandmother.

Taress Alexis

Taress Alexis is a Sinixt mother of two young children who has worked as an Aboriginal Education Support Worker and Teaching Consultant in three BC School Districts where she delivered culturally appropriate materials to school-aged children using Storytelling and crafts. She has also been an active Storyteller at the Kootenay Storytelling Festival since 2006 and works with community members in other contexts to enhance cultural sensitivity towards the First Nations Community. She is currently working on expanding her repertoire of original and traditional Sinixt and other First Nation stories for children and general audiences

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