Island women featured in new book

  • Nov. 14, 2012 5:00 p.m.

A book featuring local women will have its Haida Gwaii launch this weekend.Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love & Survival on the North Coast of British Columbia is a collection of memoires from women who lived on the north coast in the 1970s, including several women who still live in Haida Gwaii. Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha is featured as well as Betsy Cardell and Su-san Brown. Ms Brown attended the launch in Prince Rupert last weekend, which was attended by 19 of the 34 women featured in the book. “It was absolutely fabulous,” said Ms Brown, “it was way more than I expected.” While Ms Brown did not know all of the women when they were having their adventures in the seventies, they have become good friends now.Ms Brown lived in South Moresby during the period of the book, in conditions she describes as “extremely isolated.” Her story in the book concerns living in Swan Bay and building a 26 foot sailboat out of found wood with her partner at the time, with no electricity. She said there was something magical about that time in the seventies, drawing these young women to come and make a life on the coast. The book will launch at the tenth anniversary celebration at the QC Visitors’ Centre on Saturday from 1-4 pm and will also be available at Sitka Studio in Tlell.