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Stories from the magic canoe of Wa'xaid  Cover Image Book Book

Stories from the magic canoe of Wa'xaid / Cecil Paul, as told to Briony Penn ; foreword by Roy Henry Vickers.

Paul, Cecil, (author.). Penn, Briony, (author.).


"Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, a Xenaksiala elder who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope ― now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet. Paul’s cultural teachings are more relevant today than ever in the face of environmental threats, climate change and social unrest, while his personal stories of loss from residential schools, industrialization and theft of cultural property (the world-renowned Gps’golox pole) put a human face to the survivors of this particular brand of genocide. Told in Cecil Paul’s singular, vernacular voice, Stories from the Magic Canoe spans a lifetime of experience, suffering and survival. This beautifully produced volume is in Cecil’s own words, as told to Briony Penn and other friends, and has been meticulously transcribed. Along with Penn’s forthcoming biography of Cecil Paul, Following the Good River (Fall 2019), Stories from the Magic Canoe provides a valuable documented history of a generation that continues to deal with the impacts of brutal colonization and environmental change at the hands of politicians, industrialists and those who willingly ignore the power of ancestral lands and traditional knowledge."-- from publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781771602952
  • ISBN: 1771602953
  • Physical Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: [Victoria], British Columbia : Rocky Mountain Books, 2019.

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General Note:
Maps on endpapers.
Subject: Paul, Cecil.
Haisla Indians > History.
Haisla Indians > Biography.
Topic Heading: Indigenous creators.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Emily Carr University of Art + Design E99 .H23 P38 2019 (Text) 30241391 Book Volume hold Available -

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