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Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa'xaid

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Based on recorded interviews and journal entries this major biography of Cecil Paul (Wa’xaid) is a resounding and timely saga featuring the trials, tribulations, endurance, forgiveness, and survival of one of North American’s more prominent Indigenous leaders.

Born in 1931 in the Kitlope, Cecil Paul, also known by his Xenaksiala name, Wa’xaid, is one of the last fluent speakers of his people’s language. At age ten he was placed in a residential school run by the United Church of Canada at Port Alberni where he was abused. After three decades of prolonged alcohol abuse, he returned to the Kitlope where his healing journey began. He has worked tirelessly to protect the Kitlope, described as the largest intact temperate rainforest watershed in the world. Now in his late 80s, he resides on his ancestors’ traditional territory.

Following upon the success of Wa'xaid's own book of personal essays, Stories from the Magic Canoe, Briony Penn's major biography of this remarkable individual will serve as a timely reminder of the state of British Columbia's Indigenous community, the environmental and political strife still facing many Indigenous communities, and the philosophical and personal journey of a remarkable man.

Wa'xaid passed away at the age of 90 on December 3, 2020.

ISBN-13: 9781771603218

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Heritage Group Distribution

Publication Date: 09-29-2020

Pages: 384

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Age Range: 18 Years

Briony Penn is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books as well as a contributor to many anthologies and chapter books. She has been a feature writer and columnist for decades, with over five hundred articles on environmental issues and natural history in newspapers, magazines, government publications, online news sources and peer-reviewed journals. She has also written numerous environmental guides and educational handbooks for teachers in British Columbia. Her first book with RMB, The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan, was the winner of the 2015 BC Book Prize. Briony lives on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 9

1 So Many Arrows Came Our Way, 1792 - 1941 25

2 Journey in the Magic Canoe, 1990 - 1994 53

3 Journey of Hell, 1941 - 1971 129

4 Healing Journey, 1971 - 1994 261

5 More Good Journeys in the Magic Canoe, 1995 - 2020 297

Matrilineal Lineages 359

Acknowledgements 361

Notes 363