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Raincoast Chronicles 24

Cougar Companions: Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs
Paperback Book
Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
April, 2019
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$26.95 CAD
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Of the settlers, prospectors, trappers, mountaineers and loggers who came to British Columbias remote Bute Inlet between the1890s and the1940s, few remained long. August Schnarr, however, trapped far up the Homathko and Southgate Rivers and logged the inlet shores from1910until the1960s. An adventurous photographer, August strapped his Kodak camera to his suspenders and captured his mountain climbing, upriver treks and family homestead. His photo collection is a diary of fifty years of an upcoastlife.

In this twenty-fourth issue of Raincoast Chronicles, Judith Williams traces the Schnarrs family story through Augusts photographs. Included are classic portraits of the pioneering Bute residents posed on wooden boats and floathouses and with giant fish catches and hunting trophies as well as rare1930s pictures documenting Augusts daughters with their pet cougars. They were nice pets, we could pet them and theyd purr just like a cat, and they kept pawing you, dont quit, dont quit, said Augusts daughter Pansy in an interview with Maud Emery. They didnt like anybody but us three; they didnt like my dad at all. They were just like cats to us, we didnt think of them as anything special, nothing but a bunchofwork.

Richly illustrated, impeccably researched and featuring diaries, interviews and oral history,Raincoast Chronicles24illuminates the experience of homesteading on the remoteBCcoast.

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