The Salmon People. Rev. ed.


198 pages
Contains Bibliography
ISBN 1-55110-017-7
DDC 639.2'755





Reviewed by Anthony G. Gulig

Anthony G. Gulig teaches history at the University of Saskatchewan.


As we approach the 21st century, it is sometimes difficult to remember
just how close to the natural environment we all live. Many of us carry
on our existence walled within cities, where the natural world is hidden
behind steel, glass, and concrete. We rarely think of the natural
environment as something alive and integral to our existence. All too
often we see it merely as something from which we harvest resources, or
curse when it hinders us. This welcome reprint quietly reminds us that
we are all connected in some imperceptible way to the environment and
all the species that inhabit it.

Although his gender-exclusive language may offend some readers,
McKervill has produced a powerful account of how human lives and
activities are shaped by the need for, and reliance on, what was once a
plentiful resource. An adequate description of the history and geography
of the Northwest Coast is also provided in this insightful book, which
helps us to understand how closely we are connected to the world in
which we live.


McKervill, Hugh W., “The Salmon People. Rev. ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 12, 2024,