Stories from the magic canoe of Wa’xaid

Rocky Mountain Books is also pleased to announce the release of Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid—a remarkable and profound collection of reflections by one of North America’s most important Indigenous leaders.

Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and culture than Wa’xaid (the good river), or Cecil Paul, a Xenaksiala elder who pursued both in his ancestral home, the Kitlope—now the largest protected unlogged temperate rainforest left on the planet? Paul’s cultural teachings are more relevant today than ever in the face of environmental threats, climate change, and social unrest, while his personal stories of loss from residential schools, industrialization, and theft of cultural property (the world-renowned Gps’golox pole) put a human face to the survivors of this particular brand of genocide.

Told in Cecil Paul’s singular, vernacular voice, Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid spans a lifetime of experience, suffering, and survival. This beautifully produced volume is in Cecil’s own words, as told to Briony Penn and other friends, and has been meticulously transcribed. Along with Penn’s forthcoming biography of Cecil Paul, Following the Good River (Fall 2019), Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid provides a valuable documented history of a generation that continues to deal with the impacts of brutal colonization and environmental change at the hands of politicians, industrialists, and those who willingly ignore the power of ancestral lands and traditional knowledge.

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Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies

Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies is the first full-colour guidebook introducing backcountry cyclists to the exciting and increasingly popular world of bikepacking.

Before his untimely death from cancer in 2018, veteran rider and passionate cyclist Ryan Correy (two-time finisher of the Tour Divide, founder of Bikepack Canada, and author of A Purpose Ridden) pedalled his way through the most popular national parks in the Canadian Rockies to complete his work on this unique guidebook. Featuring routes in Waterton, Kananaskis, Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, and Jasper, Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies will take biking enthusiasts on beginner, intermediate, and expert journeys.

The result of Correy’s remarkable dedication is an unparalleled collection of ten ambitious, multi-day routes complete with directional cues, detailed maps, a helpful Bikepacking 101 section, rich photography, and personal stories that will stoke the curiosity of both the beginner and the experienced backcountry rider.

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