River Pigs and Cayuses: Oral Histories from the Pacific Northwest (Northwest Reprints (Paperback))

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Ron Strickland's oral histories recover a part of the original Northwest character that is rapidly disappearing. In River Pigs and Cayuses, he gathers stories from old-timers in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Brimming with lively accounts both humorous and poignant, the book illuminates cadences and traditions that Strickland hopes will survive long after the storytellers are gone. Here a moonshiner, a fish pirate, a timber cruiser, a branding iron maker, a smoke jumper, a frontier bride, and twenty-five other fascinating individuals speak vividly, revealing their personal histories in their own words.Strickland introduces each story, providing information on the teller and placing the story in context. In telling their own stories, his subjects speak to the diversity of life and labor in the Northwest. A short glossary enhances the listening experience, as do Strickland's own photographs of the storytellers.In a new introduction, William Kittredge notes that Strickland's interviewees are most passionate when speaking of their survival in the work-a-day world, sustained both by their livelihoods and by the solace of companionship. What we hear echoing over and again in these voices, Kittredge writes, is pride, at having managed difficult lives, and having along the way earned independence, all the individuality they could manage, and an unapologetic sense of self.

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Ron Strickland is the found of the Pacific Northwest Trail, which stretches 1200 miles from Glacier National Park in Montana to Washington's Olympic National Park. His other books include "Shanks's Mare: A Compendium of Remarkable Walks," and oral histories of Texas, Vermont, and Alaska.

He lives in Seattle, Washington.

William Kittredge's latest book is "The Nature of Generosity."

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A Strickland Glossary:

Cayuse: a mustang or Indian pony

Geoduck: (pronounced "gooeyduck") a large bivalve averaging two or three pounds and weighing as much as sixteen pounds, much prized for chowders along the Northwest coast.

River Pig: a lumberjack who controls the logs as they float downriver to the sawmill.

Whistlepunk: a logging crewman who uses a jerkline to signal the steam donkey engineer as to how the machine's cables should be deployed.

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