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  • About the Contributors

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, typographer, translator, cultural historian, and linguist. He studied comparative literature at Indiana University and poetry at the University of British Columbia. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry, including The Beauty of the Weapons: Selected Poems 1972–1982 (1982), The Blue Roofs of Japan (1986), Conversations with a Toad (1987), The Calling: Selected Poems 1970–1995 (1995), and Selected Poems (2009). His recent books of prose include The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology (2006) and Everywhere Being Is Dancing: Twenty Pieces of Thinking (2009). His books on Haida mythology and storytelling include The Raven Steals the Light (1984), A Story as Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World (second edition, 2012), and Nine Visits to the Mythworld (2000). He lives on Quadra Island in British Columbia.

Hugh Brody was born in the north of England and educated at Trinity College, Oxford. He taught at Queen’s University, Belfast, and the University of Cambridge before moving to Canada in 1969. An anthropologist, writer, and filmmaker, he has been involved in land rights and aboriginal research in the U.S., India, Australia, and South Africa, as well as Canada. His books include Maps and Dreams (1983), Living Arctic (1987), and The Other Side of Eden: Hunter-Gatherers, Farmers and the Shaping of the World (2000). His films include Nineteen Nineteen (1985), Time Immemorial (1991), A Washing of Tears (1993), Inside Australia (2004), and The Meaning of Life (2008). He is currently Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at University of the Fraser Valley.

Trevor Carolan is a longtime campaigner and advocate on behalf of Aboriginal land claims and British Columbia watershed issues. A former elected councillor in North Vancouver, he holds a doctorate from Bond University, Queensland, in Literature, Ecology, and the Sacred in International Relations. His publications include the novel The Pillow Book of Dr. Jazz (1999); Celtic Highway: Poems & Texts (2002); the nonfiction book Return to Stillness: Twenty Years with a Tai Chi Master (2003); a co-translation of The Supreme Way: Inner Teachings of the Southern Mountain Tao (1997); and the anthology Making Waves: Reading British Columbia and Pacific Northwest Literature (2010). He teaches English and writing at University of the Fraser Valley.

Emily Carr was born in 1871 in Victoria, British Columbia. A celebrated Canadian painter, she was deeply inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific [End Page 213] Northwest Coast. Often on her own, Carr journeyed around Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), the Skeena-Nass River country, and the rugged Pemberton-Lillooet region. In 1927, she was embraced by the Group of Seven, the leading modernist painters in Canada. At age sixty-nine, she published Klee Wyck (1941), the first in a series of autobiographical memoirs. The book was a bestseller and winner of the 1941 Governor General’s Award that year. Her other books include The Book of Small (1942) and The House of All Sorts (1944). Carr died in 1945. Most of her books have been handsomely reprinted by Douglas & McIntyre, of Vancouver.

Wade Davis is a native of British Columbia, where he worked as a park ranger, forestry engineer, logger, big-game hunting guide, and ethnographic field worker, studying several indigenous societies of northern Canada. He received his doctorate from Harvard in ethnobotany and is a scientist, advocate for bio-cultural diversity, filmmaker, and writer. His many books include The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), Penan: Voice for the Borneo Rain Forest (1990), Shadows in the Sun (1993), Nomads of the Dawn (1995), One River (1996), Light at the Edge of the World (2001), The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (2009), The Sacred Headwaters (2011), and Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest (2012). An explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, he lives in Washington, DC.

Chief Dan George was born in 1899 on the Tsleil-Waututh Reserve at Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He was raised for eleven years in St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Residential School, where he was forbidden to speak his family’s Halq’eméylem language or...