Bill Proctor, a lifelong fisherman, trapper and logger, and Yvonne Maximchuk, a working artist and illustrator, have written a new book called ‘Tide Rips & Back Eddies’, which was printed by Harbour Publishing.
Throughout the book, Proctor, a legendary Central Coast resident who has lived there for more than 80 years and learned the skills and ways of life of both the local First Nations and the immigrants who moved to the area, tells almost a century’s worth of stories, memories, and general regional knowledge of Blackfish Sound, British Columbia.
Blackfish Sound, located in the Broughton Archipelago, has a long history and an interesting culture.
Proctor writes about it all, documenting the natural and domestic history of the area, recollections of old-time fishermen, tales of the surrounding communities, wild animals, strange occurrences, and the technology needed for both fishing and everyday life.
The book features artwork by co-author Maximchuk; her drawings illustrate Proctor’s stories and she also photographed a bunch of interesting items that Proctor kept for his personal museum located in Echo Bay, B.C.
Proctor and Maximchuk will be in Alert Bay at the U’Mista Cultural Centre from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, to celebrate the release of ‘Tide Rips and Back Eddies’ with a reading and book signing.