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Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America

Nancy Turner’s new work Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge is undoubtedly her magnum opus. It is a thing of great scope, beauty, eloquence, and cohesion. Yet perhaps its greatest attribute, like all of Turner’s work, is...

Review by Natasha Lyons


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Walhachin: Birth of a Legend

Walhachin has a particular resonance for many British Columbians. Because of this, certain aspects of the Walhachin story have acquired a permanency and legitimacy that are not supported by what actually happened at this Edwardian orchard...

Review by Dennis Oomen


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From the Hands of a Weaver: Olympic Peninsula Basketry through Time

This book tells the story of the many roles of basketry in the lives of the First Peoples of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and of the diverse styles and materials used by the weavers, mainly women....

Review by Nancy J. Turner


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Historical GIS Research in Canada

This is a wonderful collection of thirteen essays, nine co-authored (twenty-seven authors all told), written by historians, geographers, librarians, archivists, cartographers, environmental scientists, and an architect, many of them acknowledging by name the other research...

Review by Deryck Holdsworth


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Okanagan Geology South: Geologic Highlights of the South Okanagan, British Columbia

Guidebooks present risks. Some authors inadvertently lead readers into the minutia that is their passion. Others find themselves indulging in editorial or polemic. Yet others lose their readers in what might be described as a...

Review by Wayne Wilson


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Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada

Forests, long of economic and socio-cultural importance to both Aboriginal peoples and settlers in Canada, have also been sites of contention between these groups, reflected in blockades, court action, and state policies intended to address...

Review by Brian Egan


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Tales from the Back Bumper: A Century of BC Licence Plates

My parents still have a set of white-on-blue licence plates in their garage, kept from the mid-1980s, when British Columbia switched to the blue-on-white plates with waving flag that have now been standard issue for...

Review by Ben Bradley


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Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History

Vancouver’s famous park has received a lot of attention, including from notable historians like Jean Barman and Robert A. J. McDonald, prominent artists like Emily Carr, and a continuous collection of journalists and tourism writers...

Review by Philip Van Huizen


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Desiring Canada: CBC Contests, Hockey Violence, and Other Stately Pleasures

What kind of community turns to a coffee shop for meaning? In what country would a search for Seven Wonders collapse into ironic parody? What kind of imagined community cherishes national ownership of a professional...

Review by Eric Sager


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Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

Carbon Democracy historicizes “the forms of democratic politics that carbon made possible” (233). Timothy Mitchell’s goal is nothing short of destabilizing two central intellectual and material pillars of modern western life: the sacrosanct institution of...

Review by Jonathan Peyton


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Bruno and The Beach: The Beachcombers at 40

As a child of the 1970s, I can recall my West Indian grandparents tuning into an unusual television program every Sunday evening: one which started invariably with a camera shot of a log tumbling off...

Review by Vanessa Colantonio


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David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest

In June 1824, the Governor and Committee of the Hudson’s Bay Company agreed to transport David Douglas, a young Scottish employee of the Horticultural Society of London to its “Columbia District,” to assist the society’s...

Review by Ted Binnema


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Life in the Tee-Pee

In the spring of 1956, the proprietors of the roadside Tee-Pee Restaurant near Boston Bar were unceremoniously informed that their business and odd assortment of buildings would be expropriated and destroyed to make way for...

Review by Ian Mosby


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Northwest Coast: Archaeology as Deep History

The Society for American Archaeology website describes their “Contemporary Perspectives” series, in which Northwest Coast is the second title, as “short volumes focused on the archaeology of a specific region.” Aimed at “busy professionals and...

Review by Alan McMillan


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Saanich Ethnobotany: Culturally Important Plants of the WSANEC People

In Saanich Ethnobotany, Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda describe the land and vegetation of W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich), examine the “many interrelationships between people and plants” (11), and explore the traditional ecological knowledge that allowed local First...

Review by Andrew Cienski


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Sidetracked: The Struggle for BC’s Fossils

This book explores the relationship between professional paleontologists and amateur fossil collectors in the context of several important paleontological sites in British Columbia. It focuses on the friction that can develop between enthusiastic amateur collectors...

Review by Godfrey Nowlan


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Vladimir Krajina: World War II Hero and Ecology Pioneer

This book is a major addition to our understanding of Vladimir Krajina’s life and times because it provides a clear context to the life of this remarkable citizen. Jan Drabek’s father and Krajina played different...

Review by Iain Taylor


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Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast

The Garry oak meadows of southern Vancouver Island are among the rarest ecosystems in Canada. In Gardens Aflame, Maleea Acker takes on the ambitious goal of relating the history and ecology of Garry oak meadows,...

Review by Jenny McCune


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Bluebacks and Silver Brights: A Lifetime in the BC Fisheries From Bounty to Plunder

For sixty years the Campbell Avenue fish dock on Burrard Inlet was the hub of Vancouver’s fishing industry, home to numerous fish plants, smokehouses, and floats where the boats tied up. The Safarik family business,...

Review by Kenneth Campbell