Hilary Stewart

Hilary Stewart is an award-winning author best known for her books on Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. She has also been involved in teaching outdoor education and wilderness survival courses for many years, as well as studying the ethnobotany of the coast First Nations, and has an extensive practical experience in the use of plants. She lives on Quadra Island in British Columbia.
Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

From the giant cedar of the rainforest came a wealth of raw materials vital to the way of life, art and culture of the early First Nations people of the Northwest Coast.

All parts of the cedar tree had many uses. From the wood, skilled men made ocean-going canoes, massive post-and-beam houses, monumental carved poles that declared history, rights and lineage, and powerful dance masks. Women dexterously wove the inner bark into mats and baskets, plied it into cordage and netting or processed it into soft, warm, water-repellent clothing. They also made the strong withes into heavy-duty rope and wove the roots into watertight baskets.

Hilary Stewart explains, through her vivid descriptions, 550 detailed drawings and 50 photographs, the tools and techniques used, as well as the superbly crafted objects and their uses, all in the context of daily and ceremonial life. Anecdotes, oral history and the accounts of early explorers, traders, missionaries and native elders highlight the text.

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Drink in the Wild
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Few people realize how simple - and safe - it is to use wild plants to make natural drinks and jams. Drink in the Wild explains how to identify, harvest, dry, and store wild plants for a variety of delicious drinks and spreadables. There are 60 recipes that include Blueberry Cordial, Sorrel Lemonade, Clover Blossom Tea, and Oregon Grape Jelly, as well as tips for locating and identifying wild plants. Stewart's expert text and charming illustrations make the entire process easy and fun.

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Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast, 40th Anniversary Edition
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Of the many resources available to the First Nations of the Northwest Coast, the most vital was fish. The people devised ingenious ways of catching the different species of fish, creating a technology vastly different from that of today’s industrial world. With attention to clarity and detail, Hilary Stewart illustrates their hooks, lines, sinkers, lures, floats, clubs, spears, harpoons, nets, traps, rakes and gaffs, showing how these were made and used in over 450 remastered drawings and 75 photographs. With material gathered from museum archives, fish camps and coastal village elders, the scope of this classic volume covers everything from how the catch was butchered, cooked, rendered and preserved to the attributes of fish designs on household and ceremonial objects—images that tell of fishing’s importance to the whole culture. The spiritual aspects of fishing are also described—prayers and ceremonies in gratitude and honour to the fish, as well as customs and taboos indicating the people’s respect for this life-giving resource.

An incredibly varied and highly refined assemblage of tools, techniques and knowledge, the culmination of thousands of years of evolutionary development, Indian Fishing is more than a bare account of the technology of fishing; it is about fish and fishing in the total lives of the Northwest Coast people. A classic, thoroughly researched and informative text, it examines fishing techniques of a people who have lived on the coast for over 9,000 years to reveal their complex and rich culture.

Educator Information
Recommended for Grades 3-12 for the following subject areas: Arts Education, Science, Social Studies.  Also a useful Teacher Resource.

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182 pages | 10.00" x 9.00"

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Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This indispensable and beautifully illustrated book is the first to introduce everyone, from the casual observer to the serious collector of Northwest Coast prints, to the forms, cultural background and structures of this highly imaginative art.

Bold, inventive indigenous art of the Northwest Coast is distinguished by its sophistication and complexity. It is also composed of basically simple elements which, guided by a rich mythology, create images of striking power.

The elements of style are introduced; the myths and legends which shape the motifs are interpreted; the stylistic differences between the major cultural groupings are defined and illustrated. Raven, Thunderbird, Killer Whale, Bear: all the traditional forms are here, deftly analyzed by a professional writer and artist who has a deep understanding of this powerful culture.

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Looking at Totem Poles
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This work gives a historical, cultural, and artistic account of the ancient craft of totem poles that has grown to be a symbol of the Native Americans of the Northwest Coast.

Suggested Grades: 9-12
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