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September 26, 2021 56 min

The Heart of a River is back in print, and author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes joined Ian and Jade to mark the occasion. Here's a sampling of what they discussed:

*being "tapped" to write The Heart of a River and letting the river speak

*the complexity of reconciling with a colonial past

*finding truth in the land (and water)

*encouraging developments for the Columbia River and rivers elsewhere

*Eileen's many relationships with members of the Sinixt community

*finding common ground between two seemingly different spiritualities

Guest: (adapted from

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes is a published author and skilled public speaker. Her artistic eye and lyrical style bring Western landscapes and their cultural history to life. She explores landscape and the human imagination in conference presentations, books, essays, and online media.

Born in the United States, educated at Stanford University (B.A., English) and the University of British Columbia (M.A., English), Eileen recently returned to the U.S. after residing in Canada since 1985. Her biography, education, and academic interests, as well as her perspective on landscape, water, and culture, are all uniquely bi-national and firmly grounded in place.

The Heart of a River can be purchased now at Canada's Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store: 


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