Chris Arnett

Indigenous Theory, Historical Anthropology, Salishan Rock Art, Ethnohistory, Ethnography, Urban Archaeology, Microhistory, Pacific Northwest Colonization, Battlefield Archaeology, Rock n’ Roll.

Current Research: My PhD dissertation is a spatial and temporal analysis of post-contact Salishan rock painting that will consider the role of historical contingencies in material and non-material site formation processes.

Supervisors: Dr. Andrew Martindale, Dr. Bruce Miller, Dr. Michael Blake

Archaeological Society of British Columbia
Society of American Archaeology
Salt Spring Island Archives
Canadian Archaeological Association
American Anthropological Association


Arnett,Chris  2015 Review of The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay.In Pacific Northwest Quarterly ,105(3):142-143

Arnett, Chris, ed. 2007 Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand: Oral traditions of the Hul’qumi’num’ Coast Salish of Kuper Island and Vancouver Island by Beryl Mildred Cryer. Vancouver: Talonbooks.

Arnett, Chris 2007 Review of “Clam Gardens: Aboriginal Mariculture on Canada’s West Coast by Judith Williams. In Literary Review of Canada, Vol. 15, No.1, January/February 2007. Toronto

2001 Review of “Glyphs and Gallows: The Rock Art of Clo-oose and the Wreck of
the John Bight” by Peter Johnson. In BC Studies, No. 130, Summer 2001, Vancouver

1999 The Terror of the Coast: Land Alienation and Colonial War on Vancouver
Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849-1863. Vancouver: Talonbooks

Arnett, Chris and Maywell Wickheim
1989 4000 Years: A History of the Rainforest, on the Southwest Coast of Vancouver Island. Sooke: Sooke Region Museum and Archives

York, Annie Z., Richard Daly and Chris Arnett
1993 They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever: Rock Writings of the Stein
River Valley British Columbia. Vancouver: Talonbooks


2015  They Dream It and Write It: Rock Art of the Salish. Invited participant. Kwikwetlem Colloquium: A Celebration of Coast Salish History, Culture and Identity.. Douglas College, Kwikwetlem/Coquitlam, July 23.


ARCL 204 002 Great Archaeological Discoveries