Gumption & Grit by Gloria Atamanenko
Women of the Cariboo Chilcotin (Extraordinary Women)

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Gumption & Grit is the first in a brand new series being introduced by Caitlin Press which will showcase women of BC: their lives, their successes, their history.

In 2002 the Williams Lake Women's Contact Society posted a request for pioneer stories of the women of the Cariboo Chilcotin. What they received was an overwhelming number of tales of hardship, faith, adversity, endurance and accomplishment. These women were mothers, trappers, schoolteachers, outfitters, ranchers and homesteaders. Gumption & Grit contains more than 35 stories, including the tragic tale of Chiwid, a battered Tsilhqot'in woman who lived off the land as a recluse from society for more than 50 years; Gerrie Bracewell, who ranched in the "soft season" and guided big game hunters through some of the most dangerous and treacherous country of the Chilcotin; and Doreen Armes, who hopped on a steam locomotive in 1929 at the tender age of 18, leaving behind the comforts of the big city to become the first schoolteacher in Dog Creek's one-room schoolhouse. These stories are heartfelt and honest, and will resonate with the experiences of all women of this land.
 

About Gloria Atamanenko

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Sage Birchwater is the author of 'Chiwid' (New Star Books) and was the editor and a contributor to 'Gumption & Grit: Women of the Cariboo Chilcotin' (Caitlin Press), and is currently co-authoring a book on bush pilots of the Cariboo Chilcotin region with Chris Harris. Sage was a staff writer for the 'Williams Lake Tribune' until his retirement in March 2009. He still lives in Williams Lake.
 
Published October 1, 2009 by Caitlin Pr. 196 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction