In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch

In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch

by John Zada
In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch

In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch

by John Zada


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Set in a wild and immaculate landscape threatened by industry and environmental degradation, a compassionate and gripping exploration of one of the world’s most baffling mysteries—the existence of the Sasquatch

On the central and north coast of British Columbia, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, containing more organic matter than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. The area plays host to a wide range of species, from thousand-year-old western cedars to humpback whales to iconic white Spirit bears.

According to local residents, another giant is said to live in these woods. For centuries people have reported encounters with the Sasquatch—a species of hairy bipedal man-apes said to inhabit the deepest recesses of this pristine wilderness. Driven by his own childhood obsession with the creatures, John Zada decides to seek out the diverse inhabitants of this rugged and far-flung coast, where nearly everyone has a story to tell, from a scientist who dedicated his life to researching the Sasquatch, to members of the area’s First Nations, to a former grizzly bear hunter-turned-nature tour guide. With each tale, Zada discovers that his search for the Sasquatch is a quest for something infinitely more complex, cutting across questions of human perception, scientific inquiry, indigenous traditions, the environment, and the power and desire of the human imagination to believe in—or reject—something largely unseen.

Teeming with gorgeous nature writing and a driving narrative that takes us through the forests and into the valleys of a remote and seldom visited region, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond sheds light on what our decades-long pursuit of the Sasquatch can tell us about ourselves and invites us to welcome wonder for the unknown back into our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802148988
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/19/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 423,087
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Zada is a writer, photographer, and journalist drawn to stories about adventure and far-flung parts of the world. He has worked in over two dozen countries and spent years as a journalist in the Middle East. His work has appeared in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Explore, CBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond is his first book. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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As a child I was obsessed by stories about Bigfoot. I grew up in the 1970s and early 80s, a time when Sasquatch had become a pop-culture icon after a string of movies and television shows exploited the public’s apparent fascination with the creature. I became literate by reading some of the first books published on the subject. For years, the creatures, which I came to believe in wholeheartedly, even appeared to me in my dreams at night. They were otherworldly, existing far beyond the pale, yet fitting perfectly into the fabric of my mental universe.

I mostly grew out of this obsession, but part of it remained with me. Now, through no will or decision of my own, my old interest was rediscovered—like an amnesiac’s memory found. But unlike before, the faded old yarns printed in dusty library books were turning into real life experiences shared trustingly with me—a writer and journalist—by the people who lived and breathed them. I felt compelled to investigate and make sense of this mystery, which, to me, languished in inexplicability for far too long. Maybe I could discover something that others hadn’t.

Table of Contents

Part I

1 The Beckoning 3

2 The Strangest Thing 14

3 Sasqualogy 35

Part II

4 Bella Bella (Waghsla) 55

5 Koeye (Kvai) 108

Part III

6 Wuikinuxv 149

7 Ocean Falls (Laiq) 188

8 Bella Coola (Q'umk'uts') 225

9 The Reckoning 270

Epilogue: The Noise 275

Postscript 279

Addenda 283

Acknowledgments 289

References 293

Endnotes 299

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