Reviews of “The Sacred Headwaters”
"The book is a collection of photographs of the Sacred Headwaters, a valley that lies in a rugged knot of mountains in northern British Columbia and is home to three of Canada’s most significant salmon-bearing rivers. Davis' compelling text, which describes the region and the current threats to it, makes it an expose of sorts. Davis calls it a 'love letter' to the country, and his message is undeniable..."
Water Canada, Mar 22, 2012Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>
"This visual feast and compelling text describes the Sacred Headwaters -- where the Stikine, Skeena and Nass meet -- which is under threat from industrial development and gas extraction. Stunning photographs from the International League of Conservation Photographers and National Geographic contributors provide an inescapable message of the importance of the area for Canadians and all peoples of the world."
Vancouver Sun, Dec 10, 2011Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>
"Splayed next to southern Alaska, Canada’s Sacred Headwaters region is a vast panorama of mountains, salmon rivers and canyons criss-crossed with the trails of caribou, grizzlies and mountain goats ... as anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis explains, it could become a war zone. Corporations are queuing up to develop the region...Carr Clifton’s haunting photographs evoke what’s at stake."
Nature, Dec 8, 2011Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>
"Davis, who is personally connected to the plateau through a fishing lodge on the Stikine that his family considers home, advocates for the preservation of the region's cultural and natural wealth, reminding readers of the tourism potential of a land 'that is as unique as any destination on Earth,' a wilderness he calls Canada's Serengeti for its great populations of Stone sheep, mountain goats, moose, grizzly bears, marmots and wolves."
Canadian Geographic, Nov 24, 2011Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>
"These Sacred Headwaters are the lifeblood of our people. This water is a symbol of our unity as First Nations people. Just as this water will flow back into the three great rivers that sustain our people, we will return to our territories and protect our lands. At the Sacred Headwaters, we are drawing a line in the sand; this country bestowed to us by the Creator will be protected."
Rhoda Quock, Tahltan elder, Aug 6, 2011Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>
“No one can question that this is First Nations land. This is sacred land. If mountains are broken down and lakes turned into tailing ponds, the risks that this could lead to a broad ecological catastrophe are obvious. If the First Nations whose land this is do not wish it tampered with, there is nothing more to be said.”
John Ralston Saul, author of A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada, Aug 5, 2011Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>
“The Sacred Headwaters is the Sistine Chapel of Canadian nature: astoundingly beautiful, awe inspiring, to be revered and never defiled. This book is its hymnal.”
Thomas E Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, Aug 4, 2011Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>
“The Sacred Headwaters is not only an inspiring and provocative read but also a call to action to educate ourselves about what is happening in this incredibly valuable wilderness area of northern British Columbia.”
Paul Gilbert, Executive Director, Robert Bateman Centre, Royal Roads University, Aug 4, 2011Read more about The Sacred Headwaters >>