Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa'xaid

November 17, 2020|
Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa'xaid by Briony Penn
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Based on recorded interviews and journal entries this major biography of Cecil Paul (Wa?xaid) is a resounding and timely saga featuring the trials, tribulations, endurance, forgiveness, and survival of one of North American?s more prominent Indigenous leaders.

Born in 1931 in the Kitlope, Cecil Paul, also known by his Xenaksiala name, Wa?xaid, is one of the last fluent speakers of his people?s language. At age ten he was placed in a residential school run by the United Church of Canada at Port Alberni where he was abused. After three decades of prolonged alcohol abuse, he returned to the Kitlope where his healing journey began. He has worked tirelessly to protect the Kitlope, described as the largest intact temperate rainforest watershed in the world. Now in his late 80s, he resides on his ancestors? traditional territory.

Following upon the success of Wa''xaid''s own book of personal essays, Stories from the Magic Canoe, Briony Penn''s major biography of this remarkable individual will serve as a timely reminder of the state of British Columbia''s Indigenous community, the environmental and political strife still facing many Indigenous communities, and the philosophical and personal journey of a remarkable man.

Briony Penn is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books as well as a contributor to many anthologies and chapter books. She has been a feature writer and columnist for decades, with over five hundred articles on environmental issues and natural history in newspapers, magazines, government publications, online news sources ...
Title:Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa'xaid
Product dimensions:392 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.1 in
Shipping dimensions:392 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.1 in
Published:November 17, 2020
Publisher:RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781771603218

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