Following the Good River

SKU: 9781771603218

Cecil Paul, Briony Penn
Grade Levels:
Twelve, Adult Education, College, University
Book Type:
Rocky Mountain Books
Copyright Date:

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Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa'xaid is written by Briony Penn with Cecil Paul, Wa’xaid, a respected elder, activist and orator, and one of the last fluent speakers of his people’s language. Cecil Paul was born in 1931 in the Kitlope and raised on fishing, hunting, trapping and gathering. At the age of 10 he was torn from his family and placed in a residential school run by the United Church of Canada at Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island. For years, Cecil suffered from the pain of the abuse inflicted there. After three decades of prolonged alcohol abuse, he finally returned to the Kitlope and the positive influence of his people’s knowledge and ways. Once Cecil’s healing journey began, he eventually became an outspoken leader against the industrialization of his people’s land and traditional territory, working tirelessly to protect the Kitlope, the largest intact temperate rainforest watershed in the world. Now in his late 80s, Cecil still lives in his ancestors' traditional territory, and his work protecting the Kitlope continues to this day. Following the Good River is 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.

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