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Raincoat Chronicles 17 Review in Canadian Books Review Association
While some of the earlier volumes of the Raincoast Chronicles series have been devoted to particular themes, this one contains a potpourri of pieces by 12 authors, including one by series editor Howard White on the Native village site of Kalpalin. Historically, the articles cover a considerable span of time, from the legendary last battle between the Sechelt and Kwakiutl nations to a 1972 Opportunities for Youth grant that established an information centre for Vancouver Island's West Coast Trail. Biographical articles feature architect Francis Rattenbury, early B.C. photographer Hannah Maynard, and the pioneering August Schnarr Family of Bute Inlet. The horrors of the smallpox epidemics, which wiped out a third of B.C.'s Native population in the 19th century, and the peculiarities of The Doctor Book present the darker and lighter sides of pioneer medicine. Illustrated with historical photographs, this volume continues the fine Raincoast Chronicles tradition of making history approachable and enjoyable.
-Ann Turner