One River, Two Cultures: A History of the Bella Coola Valley

by Paula Wild

Archival photographs
Contemporary images by Rick James
Published by Harbour Publishing ISBN 9781550173543

One River, Two Cultures is a remarkable story of human endurance and of a people’s relationship with the raw, physical landscape around One River, Two Cultures:  A History of the Bella Coola Valley - book coverthem.

Starting with the pre­his­tory of the Nuxalk First Nation, Paula doc­u­ments the arrival and impact of the valley’s first white inhab­it­ants, and the rough and ready mix of “out­siders” who embraced the chal­lenge of liv­ing in a remote wil­der­ness area on the Central Coast of British Columbia. This book will take you to a place that is both strik­ing in beauty and rich in cul­ture.

Paula spent eight years trav­el­ling between her home in the Comox Valley to the Bella Coola Valley to research this book. “I met some quirky char­ac­ters and made some last­ing friend­ships,” she says. “That remote val­ley will always have a spe­cial place in my heart.”

One River Two Cultures: A History of the Bella Coola Valley may be pur­chased at inde­pend­ent book stores and through Amazon and Chapters. Paula is also happy to auto­graph and mail books. Email Paula for details.

A Vancouver Sun BC Bestseller

Canada Council grant to research First Nations ooligan fishery


One River, Two Cultures is a thor­oughly researched, detail-rich and highly per­son­able piece of B.C. his­tory.” Jennifer Van Evra, Vancouver Review.

“One River steps up to the plate in a big way. The author uses archiv­al pho­to­graphs and inform­a­tion gleaned from loc­al res­id­ents and the com­munity archives, and sets a new bench mark for the region’s defin­it­ive his­tory.” Sage Birchwater, Coast Mountain News.

Click here: One River Two Cultures to read an excerpt.