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The Sacred Headwaters Hardcover – Oct 14 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books / David Suzuki Foundation (Oct. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553658809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553658801
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 2.3 x 27.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These Sacred Headwaters are the lifeblood of our people. This water is a symbol of our unity as First Nations people. Just as this water will f low back into the three great rivers that sustain our people, we will return to our territories and protect our lands. At the Sacred Headwaters, we are drawing a line in the sand; this country bestowed to us by the Creator will be protected. —Rhoda Quock


The Sacred Headwaters is not only an inspiring and provocative read but also a call to action to educate ourselves about what is happening in this incredibly valuable wilderness area of northern British Columbia. —Paul Gilbert


“The stunning images and our struggle come together in this powerful call to action. We are all one. We must all answer.” —Sean Atleo


“The Sacred Headwaters is the Sistine Chapel of Canadian nature: astoundingly beautiful, awe inspiring, to be revered and never defiled. This book is its hymnal.” —Thomas Lovejoy


“No one can question that this is First Nations land. This is sacred land. If mountains are broken down and lakes turned into tailing ponds, the risks that this could lead to a broad ecological catastrophe are obvious. If the First Nations whose land this is do not wish it tampered with, there is nothing more to be said.” —John Saul


Davis, who is personally connected to the plateau through a fishing lodge on the Stikine that his family considers home, advocates for the preservation of the region's cultural and natural wealth, reminding readers of the tourism potential of a land 'that is as unique as any destination on Earth,' a wilderness he calls Canada's Serengeti for its great populations of Stone sheep, mountain goats, moose, grizzly bears, marmots and wolves. —Tyrone Burke, Canadian Geographic


Splayed next to southern Alaska, Canada's Sacred Headwaters region is a vast panorama of mountains, salmon rivers and canyons criss-crossed with the trails of caribou, grizzlies and mountain goats . . . as anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis explains, it could become a war zone. Corporations are queuing up to develop the region . . . Carr Clifton's haunting photographs evoke what's at stake. —Nature


This visual feast and compelling text describes the Sacred Headwaters—where the Stikine, Skeena and Nass meet—which is under threat from industrial development and gas extraction. Stunning photographs from the International League of Conservation Photographers and National Geographic contributors provide an inescapable message of the importance of the area for Canadians and all peoples of the world. —Vancouver Sun


Davis weaves eloquent text with full-page photographs of untouched natural wilderness, revealing his reverence for this region and his goal to take the viewer 'to realms of cultural [and natural] splendour so great that we will understand, finally, their value to the world.' —Janice Williams, Tri-City News


The book is a collection of photographs of the Sacred Headwaters, a valley that lies in a rugged knot of mountains in northern British Columbia and is home to three of Canada's most significant salmon-bearing rivers. Davis' compelling text, which describes the region and the current threats to it, makes it an expose of sorts. Davis calls it a 'love letter'to the country, and his message is undeniable . . . —Water Canada


About the Author

Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. He served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council. The author of 17 books, he has lived and worked in the Stikine as a park ranger and guide.

Dr. David Suzuki is an internationally renowned geneticist and environmentalist and a cofounder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 27 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is the author of more than 50 books, is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, and, in 2007, was named one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and was named one of Time magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his work in the fight to restore the Hudson River. Kennedy has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. His published books include Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997) and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, The Village Voice, and many other publications.

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Beautiful pictures, and an extremely moving, inspiring story about a very special place, that truly is a priceless world treasure. Much more than just a good book, it is a eye opening call to action, and a first hand look at what the world will loose if our politicians are allowed to go ahead with business as usual, caring nothing for how the land and the people who have lived there since before Canada was a country are affected. If the "projects" Davis describes are allowed to go ahead all Canadians will loose something truly priceless. This is a book that will bring up so many emotions, as you see the unreal beauty of this sacred place in the pictures, and read the story of the remarkable people who have fought to protect it, to anger at how our so called elected officials are spending our money to subsidize its destruction by foreign corporate interests. An absolute must read, with very beautiful pictures!
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By Friederike Knabe TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 5 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Radical? Lopping off the top of a moutain and pouring it down into a couple of lakes is radical. Trying to stop them is not." George Amos, First Nation Elder in Northern British Columbia and for over thirty years a leading voice for conservation in Canada.

George Amos's epigraph in "The Sacred Headwaters" could not be more pertinent. "Radical" has recently become a very loaded term in political discourse, especially in Canada, pitching environmentalists and other concerned citizens, especially First Nations communities, against politicians and big (oil) corporations. In his afterword to this book, Robert F. Kennedy compares the dangers to the pristine region of Northern BC where the three major rivers, the Skeena, the Skitine and the Nass - the Sacred Headwaters for local First Nations People - originate to those that led to the Glen Canyon being buried forever when a dam was built over the Colorado River back in 1963. Wade Davis, explorer in-residence at the National Geographic Society, is the author of 15 book, based on his research and travels in many parts of the world, most recently, Into The Silence, about the Mount Everest Expeditions by George Mallory and his team in the early nineteen twenties.

The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass is an attractive table top book with a strong message. Exquisitely photographed by Carr Clifton and other members of the International League of Conservation Photographers, the quality and expressiveness of their images alone keep you in awe: the pristine landscape, far away from any roads; the play of colours as they change through daylight hours, weather patterns and seasons; the contrast and interplay betweeen rolling hills and lakes, high peaks and deep canyons...
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Format: Hardcover
Davis' books never disappoint! A fantastic read and staggering photographs. This is an issue that everyone should know about. Coalbed methane drilling in the stikine, nass and skeena is comparable to using the serengeti as a nuclear weapons testing range.
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At the doctor's office I picked up a 2012 magazine, and it advertised this book. It was serindipity. In the spring of 2013 my brother's ashes were sprinkled on Kanaskan Lake. It was one of his favourite fishing locations. I knew nothing about the area. The photography shows the beauty of the headwaters. My brother died in 2008, and it wasn't until I saw this book that I felt at peace. The land needs to be preserved, not destroyed.
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