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Voices from the Skeena

An Illustrated Oral History

illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers, by Robert Budd

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The Skeena, second longest river in the province, remains an icon of British Columbia’s northwest. Called Xsien (“water of the clouds”) by the Tsimshian and Gitksan, it has always played a vital role in the lives of Indigenous people of the region. Since the 1800s, it has also become home to gold seekers, traders, salmon fishers and other settlers who were drawn by the area’s beauty and abundant natural resources.

Voices from the Skeena will take readers on a journey inspired directly by the people who lived there. Combining forty illustrations with text selected from the pioneer interviews CBC radio producer Imbert Orchard recorded in the 1960s, the book follows the arrival of the Europeans and the introduction of the fur trade to the Omineca gold rush and the building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad.

Open the pages to meet Robert Cunningham, an Anglican missionary who would later become the founder of the thriving Port Essington. Here too is a man called Cataline, a packer for whom no settlement was too remote to reach, and the indominable Sarah Glassey, the first woman to pre-empt land in British Columbia. At the heart of these stories is the river, weaving together a narrative of a people and their culture. Pairing the stories with Roy Henry Vicker’s vibrant art creates a unique and captivating portrait of British Columbia that will appeal to art lovers and history readers alike.

About the Authors

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter, printmaker and storyteller. He is the illustrator and co-author of Harbour Publishing’s popular children’s First West Coast Book series and Northwest Coast Legends series, the latter of which were all shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015, Orca Chief in 2016 and Peace Dancer in 2017. His other books include Storyteller (Harbour Publishing, 2014) and Voices from the Skeena (Harbour Publishing, 2019). He lives in Hazelton, BC.

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ROBERT BUDD is an author, oral historian, and radio host who has written more than a dozen books for children and adults, many of them in collaboration with renowned artist Roy Henry Vickers. When he is not writing he can often be found playing baseball or hockey, coaching kids, or playing his guitar. He lives in Victoria, B.C. with his family and rescue dog.
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Awards
  • Short-listed, Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, BC Book Prizes
  • , Jeanne Clarke Local History Award
Editorial Review

"This book is B.C. regional history as it should be, grounded in the authentic voices of those who lived it and presented in a context of compelling visual beauty." ~ Tom Sandborn, the Vancouver Sun, November 15, 2019

— The Vancouver Sun

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