Nature PowerFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889225046 | paperback / softback

$24.95 | 272 pages | Pub. Date: 2013 | Edition # 2 | 2nd edition
9 W × 6 H × 1 D inches
Non-Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: SOC002010
ISBN 13: 9780889225046 | Rights: WORLD

Nature Power
In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller
By Harry Robinson
Edited by Wendy Wickwire

Many of the stories in Harry Robinson’s second collection feature the shoo-MISH, or “nature helpers” that assist humans and sometimes provide them with special powers. Some tell of individuals who use these powers to heal themselves; others tell of Indian doctors who have been given the power to heal others. Still others tell of power encounters: a woman “comes alive” after death; a boy meets a singing squirrel; a voice from nowhere predicts the future.

Winner 1993 B.C. Book Prize

By Harry Robinson

As a member of the Lower Similkameen Band of the Interior Salish people and a rancher for most of his life, Robinson also looked upon himself as one of the last storytellers of his people. As he came to realize fully the importance of the storytelling tradition in his community, he began telling stories in the Okanagan language and became as skilled in English storytelling by his mid-seventies. Wendy Wickwire met Robinson while working on her doctoral thesis and recognized what, as Thomas King would later suggest, may well be “the most powerful storytelling voice in North America.” He passed away in 1990—shortly after the publication of Write It on Your Heart, the first of three story collections which will ensure the survival of the epic world of Harry Robinson in many generations to come.”

Read more about Harry Robinson


Edited by Wendy Wickwire

Born in Nova Scotia, Wendy Wickwire lived in Merrit and Lytton, British Columbia while researching her doctoral thesis on Native song. During her ten years of research, she met Similkameen storyteller Harry Robinson and recorded his stories in the critically acclaimed Write It on Your Heart and Nature Power. She also co-authored the award-winning Stein: The Way of the River with her husband Michael M’Gonigle.

Wickwire teaches and continues her work in both the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of History at the University of Victoria. She now focuses her research on the oral tradition (oral narratives, songs, life history) of the First Nations peoples of south-central British Columbia.

Read more about Wendy Wickwire


Access Onix Code
Website:
Publisher:

OtherText Code 08:

news | 2013-10-21
Similkameen Crossroads: A New NFB Release

…called “Twins: White and Indian” (from the book Nature Power ), in which the white man and the native man …