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Plant Collecting for the Amateur

Plant Collecting for the Amateur

by T. Christopher Brayshaw
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This small, comprehensive guide offers practical advice on how to collect, dry and store plant specimens for botanical study. Intended for plant collectors who do not have access to herbarium equipment, this book describes how to use common household items to dry, press and store plants.

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Kwaday Dan Tsinchi

Kwaday Dan Tsinchi

Teachings from Long Ago Person Found
by Richard J. Hebda; Sheila Greer & Alexander Mackie
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On a late summer day, many years ago, a young man set out on a voyage through the mountains. He never reached his destination. When his remains were discovered by three British Columbia hunters, roughly three hundred years after he was caught by a storm or other accident, his story had faded from even the long memory of the region's people. First …

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Free Spirit

Free Spirit

Stories of You, Me and BC
by Gerald Truscott
edition:Mixed media
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Highlighted by brilliant photographs, the colourful stories of British Columbia's history leap off the pages of this beautiful book. BC became a colony in 1858, and this book celebrates its 150 years with a selection of vignettes about objects from our collective past and the people intimately involved with them. This entertaining book captures the …

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The Language of Family

The Language of Family

Stories of Bonds and Belonging
edited by Michelle van der Merwe
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What is family? Is it defined by blood and birth? Or can we invite whomever we want into that intimate embrace?

The Royal BC Museum's new book, The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging, invites readers to pull up a guest chair at the family table.

Twenty contributors from across British Columbia – museum curators, cultural luminaries, …

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The Indian History of British Columbia

The Indian History of British Columbia

The Impact of the White Man
by Wilson Duff
edition:Paperback
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First published in 1965, The Indian History of British Columbia: The Impact of the White Man remains an important book thanks to Wilson Duff's rigorous scholarship. It is an excellent overview of the history of the interaction between the First Nations of British Columbia and the colonial cultures that came to western North America. In its 30 years …

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Plant Technology of the First Peoples of British Columbia

Plant Technology of the First Peoples of British Columbia

by Nancy J. Turner
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This excellent field guide to many plants native to British Columbia emphasizes the traditional technological uses of plant materials by the First Peoples of the region.

In her third ethnobotany handbook, Nancy Turner focuses on the plants that provided heat, shelter, transportation, clothing, tools, nets, ropes, containers, all the necessities of …

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Treasures of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives

Treasures of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives

compiled by Jack Lohman
edition:Hardcover
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There's so much more to discover behind the world-famous exhibitions on display at the Royal BC Museum and Archives. The collections housed in the museum and archives include millions of plant and animal specimens, and great numbers of historical and archaeological artifacts, photographs, films, audio recordings and fine art.

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The Sustainability Dilemma

The Sustainability Dilemma

Essays on British Columbia Forest and Environmental History
by Robert Griffin, with Richard A. Rajala
edition:Paperback
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While some of the historical events we recount have been largely forgotten by the public and largely unexamined by scholars, they reflect an understanding of larger power dynamics that goes beyond the practice of sustained-yield and multiple-use forestry to touch upon important themes in the province's social and cultural history?themes still relev …

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Trees and Shrubs of British Columbia

Trees and Shrubs of British Columbia

by T. Christopher Brayshaw
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Trees and Shrubs of British Columbia is the definitive guide to all native and naturalized woody plants in the province. T. Christopher Brayshaw describes almost 300 species of trees and shrubs, as well as many subspecies and varieties. His beautifully detailed illustrations of leaves, flowers, fruits and woody parts are arranged to show the distin …

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Nature Guide to the Victoria Region

Nature Guide to the Victoria Region

edited by Ann Nightingale & Claudia Copley
edition:Paperback
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The Victoria region is a natural wonderland?one of the most biologically rich areas of the country, with many plants and animals found nowhere else in Canada. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned naturalist, a visitor or a resident, this book will give you the knowledge you need to get the most out of your explorations of southeastern Vancouver …

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Saanich Ethnobotany

Saanich Ethnobotany

Culturally Important Plants of the Wsáne? People
by Nancy J. Turner, with Richard J. Hebda
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Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda present the results of many years of working with botanical experts from the Saanich Nation on southern Vancouver Island. Elders Violet Williams, Elsie Claxton, Christopher Paul and Dave Elliott pass on their knowledge of plants and their uses to future generations of Saanich and Coast Salish people, and to anyone in …

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In the Shadow of the Great War

In the Shadow of the Great War

The Milligan and Hart Explorations of Northeastern British Columbia, 1913–14
by Jay Sherwood
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In 1913, the BC government hired G.B. Milligan and E.B. Hart to each lead a small expedition that spent 18 months exploring the northeastern part of British Columbia. These expeditions helped provide the first detailed information of this region. Unfortunately, World War I began just as these men completed their work, and the information they gathe …

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Hoofed Mammals of British Columbia

Hoofed Mammals of British Columbia

by David Shackleton
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Hoofed mammals are the most abundant large mammals in British Columbia. Nine wild native species live here: Elk, Moose, Mule Deer, White-tailed Deer, Caribou, Bison, Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep and Thinhorn Sheep. One introduced species, European Fallow Deer, also lives in small populations on some coastal islands. David Shackleton provides a comp …

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Aliens Among Us

Aliens Among Us

Invasive Animals and Plants in British Columbia
by Alex VanTol, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition:Paperback
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What would you do if you came face to face with a Large Yellow Waxwing, Wild Turkey or Weather Loach? Who would you call if Common Wall Lizards or Giant Hogweed crept into your back yard? Alex Van Tol can help. In Aliens Among Us, she identifies more than 50 species of alien animals and plants that have established themselves in British Columbia. W …

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Opposums, Shrews and Moles of British Columbia

by David Ngorsen
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British Columbia has the greatest diversity of insectivores (shrews and moles) of any Canadian province: 12 species in all. In some habitats, insectivores are the dominant mammals; but humans rarely notice them, except when the family cat brings in a shrew or when molehills appear in our gardens or golf courses. Even naturalists are largely unfamil …

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Sea Cucumbers of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound

by Philip Lambert
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Sea cucumbers have inhabited the world's oceans for about 400 million years. They live in almost any marine habitat, from the fine ooze of the deep ocean to current-swept reefs and rocky shallows. These marine invertebrates are related to sea stars and sea urchins and they are an integral part of our coastal ecosystems.
Philip Lambert describes mo …

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Sea Stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound

Sea Stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound

by Philip Lambert
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In this handbook, Philip Lambert describes 43 species and subspecies of sea stars in the coastal waters of northwestern North America. The sea-star fauna of the region from Glacier Bay, Alaska, to Puget Sound in Washington, is the most diverse of all the temperate waters of the world. The great age of the Pacific Basin, and the varied habitats alo …

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Museums at the Crossroads?

Museums at the Crossroads?

Essays on Cultural Institutions in a Time of Change
by Jack Lohman
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In this collection of illuminating essays, Jack Lohman shares his views on the role of museums in the various cultures of the world, on the importance of architecture and design in the personality of a museum, on the challenges of creating resilient cultural institutions in the face of financial crises, and much more. He speaks from the heart and f …

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White Bears and Other Curiosities

White Bears and Other Curiosities

The First 100 Years of the Royal British Columbia Museum
by Peter Corley-Smith
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Historian Peter Corley-Smith chronicles the provincial museum's accomplishments since 1886, when 30 prominent citizens petitioned the government to establish a provincial museum. From its modest roots, the museum has grown to become one of the most renowned in North America. But this is a story about the people with the vision to preserve examples …

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Histories, Territories and Laws of the Kitwancool

Histories, Territories and Laws of the Kitwancool

The Adventures of Gerry Andrews
by Wilson Duff
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The Kitwancool people live in a village of the same name on a tributary of the Skeena River, near Hazelton. In his introduction, Wilson Duff says, "the Kitwancool think of themselves as an independent and completely autonomous tribe". This book, written by the Kitwancool, contains statements about their history, territories, laws and customs. It is …

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Catkin-Bearing Plants of British Columbia

Catkin-Bearing Plants of British Columbia

by T. Christopher Brayshaw
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This book is the most comprehensive work on alders, birches, oaks, poplars, willows and other catkin-bearing plants in British Columbia. Dr. T.C. Brayshaw describes all 67 species?and many subspecies and varieties?each accompanied by a detailed line drawing and a distribution map. The book also includes diagnostic keys to the families, genera and s …

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Out of the Mist

Out of the Mist

Treasures of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Chiefs
by Martha Black
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Out of the Mist celebrates the art, culture and history of the Nuu-chah-nulth (formerly called Nootka) nations. It features the material culture?including many major art pieces?of the richly complex societies along the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula. With the help of many Nuu-chah-nulth voices, Martha Black places the obj …

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Systematics of Lasiopogon

Systematics of Lasiopogon

(Diptera: Asilidae)
by Robert A. Cannings
edition:Hardcover
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The genus Lasiopogon is a widespread group of robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) inhabiting the north temperate parts of the Earth. This study is the first to examine the genus as a complete entity and clearly define intrageneric relationships. It is also the first to pay special attention to the male and female genitalia, important structures in th …

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Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon

Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon

by Robert A. Cannings
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Birding and butterfly watching have been popular outdoor activities for decades. Now, dragonfly watching is catching on as a fascinating and enjoyable pursuit. Dragonflies are large, colourful insects with amazing and easily observed behaviour. Noted entomologist Dr. Robert Cannings introduces students, naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts to the wo …

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Tales from the Attic

Tales from the Attic

Practical Advice on Preserving Heirlooms and Collectibles
by Colleen Wilson
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Has your silver lost its lustre? Have your photos faded? Has the family quilt come undone?
Fear not. In this entertaining and easy-to-read book, Colleen Wilson will help you keep your most precious household possessions in pristine condition.
?This is a delightful read, entertaining, witty — a delicious addition to any collectibles library.? — …

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Coal Dust in My Blood

Coal Dust in My Blood

The Autobiography of a Coal Miner
by Bill Johnstone
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The men who worked British Columbia's mines have passed into history. Coal Dust In My Blood is a moving account of one coal miner's life, in plain, evocative language. But this book is much more than a personal memoir. Bill Johnstone's mining career spanned several decades and he worked in a wide variety of positions. His broad insights reveal impo …

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The Magic Leaves

The Magic Leaves

A History of Haida Argillite Carving
by Peter L. Macnair, with Alan L. Hoover
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Peter Macnair and Alan Hoover recount the history of Haida argillite carving since it began in the early 1800s, and they describe more than 200 examples from the extensive collection of the Royal BC Museum. Argillite is a dense, black shale mined from a quarry on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), reserved for the exclusive use of Haida carvers …

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Songhees Pictorial

Songhees Pictorial

A History of the Songhees People as seen by Outsiders, 1790–1912
by Grant Keddie
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In the mid 1840s, fifty years after first contact with Europeans, the Songhees people agreed to amalgamate on a reserve across the harbour from the newly built Fort Victoria. Grant Keddie tells the story of the old Songhees Reserve through the eyes of outsiders, expressed in newspaper reports and private journals, and depicted in sketches, paintin …

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Land Snails of British Columbia

Land Snails of British Columbia

by Robert Forsyth
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Snails and slugs have a reputation as slimy, repulsive creatures that are nothing more than garden pests, but they are important components of the ecosystems they live in. In fact, most of the pest slugs and snails are introduced species that have come here with the plants we import for our gardens. Worldwide there are more species of snails and sl …

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Rodents and Lagomorphs of British Columbia

Rodents and Lagomorphs of British Columbia

by David Ngorsen
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Rodents are the world's most numerous and diverse group of mammals. British Columbia is home to 45 species, from the tiny Western Harvest Mouse to the large and toothy Beaver, from the ubiquitous rats and squirrels to the endangered Vancouver Island Marmot. Just 7 species of lagomorphs inhabit BC: 5 rabbits and hares, and 2 pikas.
Most people reg …

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Amphibians and Reptiles of British Columbia

Amphibians and Reptiles of British Columbia

by Brent M. Matsuda, with David M. Green & Patrick T. Gregory
edition:Paperback
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The authors describe all 39 species of amphibians and reptiles living in BC, including their biology, habits, breeding and distribution. They also cover introduced, accidental and unconfirmed species that may be recent arrivals in the province.
The introductory section contains general information on the biology of amphibians and reptiles, fossil …

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Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

by Emily Carr, illustrated by Emily Woods
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Wild Flowers is a collection of Emily Carr's delightfully evocative impressions of native flowers and shrubs. She wrote these short pieces later in life and they rekindled in her strong childhood memories and associations. She delights in the brightness of buttercups that "let Spring's secret out", muses over the hardiness of stonecrop ("How any pl …

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Up-Coast

Up-Coast

Forest and Industry on British Columbia's North Coast, 1870–2005
by Richard A. Rajala
edition:Hardcover
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In Up-Coast, award-winning author Richard A. Rajala offers the first comprehensive history of the forest industry on British Columbia's central and north coast. He integrates social, political, and environmental themes to depict the relationship of coastal people and communities to the forest from the late 19th century to the present. The account b …

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The Legacy

The Legacy

Tradition and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art
by Peter L. Macnair, with Alan L. Hoover & Kevin Neary
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This classic book is an enduring tribute to the continuing tradition of First Nations art on The Legacy presents the work of 40 artists who have helped strengthen their artistic and cultural traditions. The authors give a detailed cultural analysis of the artists' works and explore the different styles, techniques and materials used to create them. …

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Brittle Stars, Sea Urchins and Feather Stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound

Brittle Stars, Sea Urchins and Feather Stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound

of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound
by Philip Lambert, with William C. Austin
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The authors describe 24 species of brittle stars, 8 sea urchins and 2 feather stars inhabiting the coastal waters of BC, the Alaska Panhandle and Puget Sound. All species described live in the shallow waters to a depth of 200 metres; but the authors include species lists of all known species in the region, even those in deeper water. They discuss a …

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Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples

Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples

by Nancy J. Turner
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In Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples, renowned ethnobotanist Nancy J. Turner describes more than 100 plants traditionally harvested and eaten by coastal aboriginal groups. Each description contains botanical details and a colour photograph to help identify the plant, information on where to find it, and a discussion on traditional methods of har …

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Surveying Central British Columbia

Surveying Central British Columbia

A Photojournal of Frank Swanell, 1920–28
by Jay Sherwood
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Frank Swannell contributed greatly to the shape of British Columbia by surveying and mapping large portions of the province over three decades. He also took thousands of photographs and kept detailed journals of his travels. In his second book on Swannell's adventures, Jay Sherwood presents central BC through the eyes and words of one of BC's most …

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Food Plants of Interior First Peoples

Food Plants of Interior First Peoples

by Nancy J. Turner
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Nancy Turner describes more than 150 plants traditionally harvested and eaten by First Peoples east of the Coast Mountains in British Columbia and northern Washington. Each description includes information on where to find the plant and a discussion on traditional methods of harvesting and preparation.

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Carnivores of British Columbia

Carnivores of British Columbia

by David F. Hatler, with David W. Nagorsen & Alison M. Beal
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Humans share a long history with carnivores. We fear them as predators, revile them as competitors, exploit them for their fur, or admire them for their grace and beauty. This book, the fifth of six volumes on the mammals of BC, provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on the 21 species of wild terrestrial carnivores in the province. Species …

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Pacific Coast China

Pacific Coast China

by Jacques Marc
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At the height of Pacific-coast steamship travel in the late 1800s and early 1900s, passengers enjoyed a sit-down dinner served on china with silver flatware. Today, the only places you can still find this china is at flea markets and antique shops or by diving at old dock sites and on shipwrecks.
Pacific Coast Ship China identifies and dates shipp …

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Bannock and Beans

Bannock and Beans

A Cowboy's Account of the Bedaux Expedition
by Bob White, foreword by Jay Sherwood
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In 1934, in the middle of the Great Depression, millionaire Charles Bedaux spent $250,000 in an attempt to cross northern British Columbia in five motorized vehicles. The Bedaux Expedition ranks as one of the most audacious and unusual events in the province's history. Bannock and Beans tells the story of this extravagant failure from the perspecti …

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Images from the Likeness House

Images from the Likeness House

by Dan Savard
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On a winter's day in 1889, Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah went to Hannah and Richard Maynard's photography studio in Victoria "to give myself likeness." In Images from the Likeness House, Dan Savard explores the relationship between First Peoples in British Columbia, Alaska and Washington and the photographers who made images of them from t …

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Return to Northern British Columbia

Return to Northern British Columbia

A Photojournal of Frank Swanell, 1929–39
by Jay Sherwood
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In his third book on the adventures of Frank Swannell, historian Jay Sherwood continues his account of one of BC's most famous surveyors. The 1930s was the era of bush planes, packers and riverboats in northern BC. Swannell photographed them and recorded his experiences with some of BC's colourful characters, including Skook Davidson, who worked wi …

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Studio Billie's Calendar

Studio Billie's Calendar

A Perpetual Calendar
by Emily Carr
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"Missus couldn't run the studio without me," says Billie the dog.
This perpetual calendar is much more than 12 pictures with spaces for notes. Join Emily Carr's faithful companion, Studio Billie, on this light-hearted journey through a year in his life. It's 1909 and "the missus" runs a painting studio in Victoria, where she gives lessons to stud …

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Sister and I from Victoria to London

Sister and I from Victoria to London

From Victoria to London
by Emily Carr, foreword by Kathryn Bridge
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Victoria, BC, July 11th 191. . . . With red eyes and a body guard of sniffing "faithfuls" attending us, we start on our long trip abroad. . . .
So begins Emily Carr's memoirs of her trip to England with her sister Alice. They travel across Canada by rail to board an ocean liner in Quebec City, meeting interesting characters and having many advent …

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Feeding the Family

Feeding the Family

100 Years of Food & Drink in Victoria
by Nancy Oke, with Robert Griffin
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In its early days, Victoria was the commercial powerhouse of British Columbia?its largest city and largest market. Nancy Oke and Robert Griffin present a richly illustrated history of the bakers, butchers, grocers, coffee makers and other suppliers of food and drink in Victoria's prosperous early days. They begin in 1843 with the building of the Hu …

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The Whaling People of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery

The Whaling People of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery

of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery
by Eugene Arima, with Alan L. Hoover
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The Whaling People live along the west coast of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery in Washington. They comprise more than 20 First Nations, including the Nuu-chah-nulth (formerly called Nootka), Ditidaht, Pacheedaht and Makah. These socially related people enjoyed a highly organized, tradition-based culture for centuries before Europeans arrived. A …

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Furrows in the Sky

Furrows in the Sky

The Adventures of Gerry Andrews
by Jay Sherwood
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Gerry Andrews (1903–2005) had many adventures in his 102 years. He was a rural school teacher, a forester, a soldier and a surveyor. His developments in aerial photography dramatically changed forestry in BC in the late 1930s and assisted the Allies in the D-Day landings. As BC's surveyor-general from 1951 to 1968, he supervised the mapping of th …

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New Perspectives on the Gold Rush

New Perspectives on the Gold Rush

edited by Kathryn Bridge
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In 1858, reports of gold found on the Fraser River spurred tens of thousands of people?mostly men?to rush into the territory we now call British Columbia. They came with visions of fortune in their eyes. The lucky ones struck it rich, but most left penniless or died trying for the motherlode. Some stayed behind and helped build the colony and the p …

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Marine Mammals of British Columbia

Marine Mammals of British Columbia

Royal BC Museum Handbook
by John K.B. Ford
edition:Paperback
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Dr. John Ford presents the latest information on 31 species of marine mammals that live in or visit BC waters: 25 whales, dolphins and porpoises, 5 seals and sea lions, and the sea otter. He describes each species and summarizes its distribution, habitat, social organization, feeding habits, conservation status and much more. Marine Mammals of Brit …

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