Chief Alex Thomas, while living by traditional hunting and fishing, was the first Nuu--chah-nulth person to write down and translate texts on the culture and history of his people. Working as translator for his grandfather, a field consultant of Edward Sapir 1910-14, Alex learned to write the standard alphabet developed by Sapir and his teacher Franz Boas. From 1914 on he gave his people a literature of thousands of pages, still today only partly published, as in E. Sapir and M. Swadesh, Nootka Texts (1939) and Native Accounts of Nootka Ethnography (1955), and in A. Thomas and E. Arima, t'a:t'a:qsapa. A Practical Orthography for Nootka (1970).
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Wright, Roy. "Alexander Thomas". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 02 February 2017, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/alexander-thomas. Accessed 22 March 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Wright, R., Alexander Thomas (2017). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/alexander-thomas
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Wright, Roy, "Alexander Thomas". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 04, 2008; last modified February 02, 2017. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/alexander-thomas
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Roy Wright, The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Alexander Thomas", last modified February 02, 2017, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/alexander-thomas
|Article by||Roy Wright|
|Published Online||February 4, 2008|
|Last Edited||December 16, 2013|
Alexander Thomas, writer, Indigenous leader (born on 25 December 1891 in Port Alberni, BC; died there on 28 Juyl 1971).