Book Voices From The Skeena by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd.
The Skeena second longest river in the province remains an icon of British Columbia's northwest. Called Xsien ("the juice of the clouds") by the Tsimshian and Gitxsan the river has always played a vital role in the lives of Indigenous people of the region. Since the 1800s the area has also become home to gold seekers traders salmon fishers and other settlers who were drawn by the region's beauty and abundant natural resources.
Voices From the Skeena takes readers on a journey inspired 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 Railway. At the heart of these stories is the river weaving together a narrative of a community and its culture.
ROY HENRY VICKERS is a renowned carver painter and printmaker. His books include Storyteller: The Art of Roy Henry Vickers (Harbour Publishing 2014). He is also the co-author with Robert Budd of Harbour Publishing's popular children's Northwest Coast Legends series—all of which were shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Bookseller's Choice Award: Raven Brings The Light in 2014 Cloudwalker in 2015 Orca Chief in 2016 and Peace Dancer in 2017—as well as the First West Coast Books series. He lives in Hazleton BC.