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March 2017 Non-Fiction: Canadian

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Chilcotin Chronicles
Stories of Adventure and Intrigue from British Columbia's Central Interior
By (author): Sage Birchwater
9781987915334 Paperback, Trade English HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation Mar 29, 2017
$26.95 CAD
Active 7 x 10 x 0.6 in 264 pages Caitlin Press
A collection of historical stories about the early indigenous people, settlers, trappers, and adventurers of BC's Cariboo Chilcotin. A compilation of stories that meld both culture and bloodlines, CHILCOTIN CHRONICLES by Sage Birchwater is set in the wild and untamed country of central British Columbia's Chilcotin Plateau. West of the Fraser River, this high country is contained by an arc of impenetrable mountain ranges that separates it from the Pacific Coast. The first inhabitants of this region were fiercely independent, molded by the land itself. Those who came later were drawn to this landscape with its mysterious aura of freedom, where time stood still and where a person could find solace in the wilderness and never be found. Birchwater reaches back to first European contact in British Columbia when the indigenous population spoke forty of Canada's fifty-four languages and seventy of Canada's one hundred dialects. The land known today as the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast was already an entity when Alexander Mackenzie arrived in 1793. Bonds of friendship, mutual support and family ties had long been established between the Dakelh, Tsilhqot'in and Nuxalk, giving cohesiveness to the region. CHILCOTIN CHRONICLES is about the men and women caught in the interface of cultures and the changing landscape. Indigenous inhabitants and white newcomers brought together by the fur brigades, then later by the gold rush, forged a path together, uncharted and unpredictable. Birchwater discovers that their stories, seemingly disconnected, are intrinsically linked together to create a human eco-system with very deep roots. The lives of these early inhabitants give substance to the landscape. They give meaning to the people who live there today.

Sage Birchwater is the author of CHIWID and WILLIAMS LAKE: GATEWAY TO THE CARIBOO CHILCOTIN, and co-author of CORKY WILLIAMS: COWBOY POET OF THE CARIBOO CHILCOTIN and THE LEGENDARY BETTY FRANK. He is the editor of GUMPTION AND GRIT: EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF THE CARIBOO CHILCOTIN. Sage was a staff writer for the Williams Lake Tribune until 2009, and he still lives in Williams Lake, BC, continuing to write about the Chilcotin.

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