Reading the River: A Traveller's Companion to the North Saskatchewan

Reading the River: A Traveller's Companion to the North Saskatchewan

by Myrna Kostash

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ISBN-13: 9781550503173
Publisher: Coteau Books
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Pages: 350

About the Author

Myrna Kostash is one of Canada's best-known non-fiction writers, with seven critically acclaimed books to her credit, including the classic All of Baba's Children, as well as Bloodlines: A Journey Into Eastern Europe, and the deeply personal The Doomed Bridegroom. Besides writing for diverse magazines (from Border Crossings to Chatelaine to Canadian Geographic), she has written for theatre cabaret, radio drama, and television documentary and has published work in numerous anthologies, such as Coteau Books' Going Some Place.

She has worked as a writer-in-residence in Regina, Saskatoon, Minneapolis, at the Whyte Museum in Banff; and as the Ashley Fellow at Trent University; and has lectured throughout western Canada. Alberta-born and raised, Myrna continues to live and work in Edmonton.

Duane Burton lives in Edmonton where she works as a researcher, video producer, and social worker. She is a student of teachings from the Native Oral Tradition. Currently she is working on the Standoff Reserve's video project Blackfoot Ways of Knowing and the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium's project Making Our Hearts Sing: An Exploration of Aborginal Child Welfare.

Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Preface: An Essential River


Opening: A Gift of the Gods


Saskatchewan River Crossing: The Heart of an Untouched Land


Kootenay Plains: Meadow of the Winds, by Duane Burton


Rocky Mountain House: The Fur Trade


Drayton Valley: The Great Secret of the River


Edmonton: The Watery Highway


Fort Saskatchewan: Mountain Trout And Roasted Beaver


Victoria Settlement: The Great Valley


Shandro Crossing/Brosseau/Duvernay: Blessed Water


Fort George & Buckingham House: The Region of Plenty


Fort Pitt: Mistahimaskwa: Big Bear


Battleford: Untold Stories


Borden Bridge: Gracing the Space


Fort Carleton: The Fertile Belt


Prince Albert: Gateway to the North


The Forks: What A Highway!


Nipawin: Between Farmland and Forest


Cumberland House: A Strategic Location


The Pas: Where the River Narrows


Grand Rapids/The Mouth: The Great Marsh


Conclusion: What Is a River For?

Biographies


Author Acknowledgements


Text Acknowledgements


Photograph Acknowledgements


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charlie68 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There was a comparison in the preface with North Saskatchewan to the Danube, which historically seemed ridiculous, but as I got deeper into the book it is not so far off. It certainly winds its way through the heart of the Prairie provinces of Canada, from the heights of the Rockies to the delta of The Pas.