Myrana Kostash takes us on an amazing voyage down the North Saskatchewn River. From the river's rise near Saskatchewan River Crossing, she explores twenty-one communities - including Edmonton and Prince Albert - along the readch of the river, all the way to its mouth at Grand Rapids, Manitoba.
Framed within her own compelling view of the historic waterway, Kostash (in company with researcher Duane Burton) presents the story of the river and its people through many voices. From the past come First Nations legends, and the accounts of painter and adventurer Paul Kane, guide Peter Erasmus, and numerous others. More recent voices include writers Eli Mandel, Aritha van Herk, John V. Hicks, and Tomson Highway, as well as Marjorie Wilkins Campbell, Edward McCourt, Hugh MacLennan, and Metis scholar Howard Adams.
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.
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
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?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.