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Some may know of the valley through reading about 19th century fur trade personalities such as David Stuart, Alexander Ross, or David Douglas, botanist-explorer. In the mids, gold rush activity along the Fraser River and in the Cariboo region saw some gold-seekers travel through the valley.

But this book delves more specifically into the past in greater detail, using the Wild Horse Canyon as its basis for exploring First Nations history, European settlement and natural history. A yellow pine seedling at various stages of its growth is the device used to guide the reader through two centuries of events that had a profound effect on the habitat and its inhabitants, both human and animal. Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon is almost like two books in one.

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The first two-thirds is aimed at younger readers the marketing notes suggest ages A timeline list encompassing glacial times 13, years ago to present day marks the switch in the middle of the book to the final third which describes some aspects of the history in more depth, written at a higher reading level. Taken together, it is like a picture book with more than the usual amount of back matter.

A map, along with Glossary and Pronunciation Guide for Syilx the original inhabitants of the region Words is found at the front of the book. An Index at the back will help readers locate specific references. The people share the territory with wild horses which they trap and tame to ride, use as pack animals and in sporting events. Locally found plants saskatoon berries, mariposa lily bulbs are gathered for food, and bighorn sheep and elk are hunted.

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Fur traders appear in the early s, making deals to secure horses. The pine, growing steadily, is renamed ponderosa by David Douglas.

The wild horses thrive as settlements and missions are established. Many are even sold to the Russian army.


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The wild horse population diminishes as settlers sell them and the land they occupied becomes a provincial park. The pine survives for years but is finally destroyed in a wildfire in The park has taken on a more open aspect and is now populated by bighorn sheep. This first part of Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon is enlivened with exquisite paintings depicting the lifestyle of the people and events that affect the horses throughout their history.

Recent provincial park designation demands more natural use of the land. The fire that destroyed much of the forest has allowed ponderosa pine regrowth as well as creation of accessible habitat for different birds and animals. This second part is illustrated with a combination of thumbnails of the earlier paintings along with archival photos. Most interesting for its original choice of topic, Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon will attract different readerships.

He was born to Bill and Margaret Smith out on the open prairie, under the blistering sun.

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Pan would grow to be as wild and free as the land he was born into. His father is a wandering cattleman who chases his fortune to Texas.

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He stops his plowing anticipating lunch but instead she presents him with their newly born baby boy. Talk about those strong pioneer women. Grey captivates the reader and soon you are seeing, hearing, feeling and tasting all in the life of Pan and those with him on this coming of age story. He is a strong individual from almost birth on, and his love for horses and freedom to roam cast him to his fate.

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Limit the size to characters. However, note that many search engines truncate at a much shorter size, about characters. Your suggestion will be processed as soon as possible. Writing from personal knowledge of the western United States, his western novels feature fishing and hunting, along with horse and cattle rustling, water wars and land speculation. In other endeavors, Zane Grey was an avid sports fisherman, writing many books on the subject, and he participated in the development of sports fishing clubs in the U. Available Formats.

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