North of Iskut : Grizzlies, Bannock and Adventure

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-01
  • Publisher: Caitlin Pr
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In 1971 Tor Forsberg was twenty-three and her life was at a crossroads. Having returned to Watson Lake in the Yukon after five years in Montreal, she found her art career at a standstill and the party life of a small town much too alluring. Then one day after a particularly wild night, she bumped into Lynch Callison, the father of an old boyfriend. Lynch invited her to his lodge at the LV ranch to "get her head straight." The next morning she found herself bumping along Highway 37 in an old pickup, heading south to Iskut. Tor soon fell in love with the bush and vowed to create a life in the wilds of Northern BC. She stayed in a cabin on the LV Ranch that summer, where she worked on paintings for an art show in Vancouver and practiced her wilderness skills, which she soon came to realize were limited. But Tor was determined to learn about life in the bush, and everyone she met was happy to guide her-- and let her make some mistakes along the way. The following year she staked some land and built a log cabin. Tor lived at the cabin year round with a menagerie of dogs, cats, a weasel named Casper and four packhorses. In the years that followed Tor learned to hunt and trap, skin beaver, field dress moose, make bannock and beaver stew and scent a grizzly on the wind. She also learned to live with herself in the pure solitude of life in the wilderness. North of Iskut is a funny and heartwarming story of a young woman's quest to discover herself, her spirit and her connection with nature.

Author Biography

Tor Forsberg is a columnist for the Yukon News and has also published in Yukon, North of Ordinary magazine. Her prize-winning short stories have appeared in subTerrain and in two recent anthologies, Bannockology and Below the Canopy. An accomplished visual artist, she has also raised ostriches on Vancouver Island and worked in a funeral home. She lives in Watson Lake, Yukon, with her partner, Paul Tubb. North of Iskut is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Prologuep. 12
Early Days in Iskutp. 16
"Griz Been Spotted Up the Valley, Sis!"p. 26
Life on the Ranchp. 36
"Do Not Disturb My Wa"p. 46
The Pull of the Landp. 54
Beaverin' and the Second Grizzlyp. 61
McGinty and McGinnisp. 74
Home Againp. 81
A Cabin in the Woodsp. 91
Friends in the Wildernessp. 104
Stumbling on Truthp. 114
The Wolf Still Howlsp. 123
Hollywood Far Northp. 132
A Full Housep. 142
Winter with a Poodle and a Weaselp. 152
Spring Beaver Huntp. 163
Life with a Two-Way Radiop. 172
My Third Winter in the Bushp. 182
Beaverin' and the Third Grizzlyp. 193
Farewell to Iskutp. 206
Epiloguep. 212
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