Book Launch- Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way

March 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Vallican Whole Community Centre
3762 Little Slocan South Rd
Winlaw, BC V0G 2J0
Blood of Life Collective/ Maa Press

Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way
Many years in the making, this book written by Marilyn James and Taress Alexis is part of a multi-pronged project by the Blood of Life Collective.

For over a year, Blood of Life Collective members gathered to listen to and record Sinixt storytellers and knowledge-keepers James and Alexis telling the stories of the Sinixt oral history. They were entertained week after week by the antics of the trickster Coyote – and the goings-on of the other animal beings who people these stories.

These traditional stories as well as a few contemporary ones form the backbone of the book.

Full-page colour and black and white illustrations by 17 different regional artists help illuminate the Sinixt ancestral and contemporary relationship with the land and waters of the Upper Columbia River watershed.

Each chapter is rounded out by a reflection on the story and/or discussion by one of 10 settler authors. The illustrations and reflections by these contributors give readers further opportunities to engage with the stories.