In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch

In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch

On the central and north coast of British Columbia, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, containing more organic matter than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. The area plays host to a wide range of species, from thousand-year-old western cedars to humpback whales to iconic white Spirit bears.According to local residents, another giant is said to live in these woods. For centuries people have reported encounters with the Sasquatch--a species of hairy bipedal man-apes said to inhabit the deepest recesses of this pristine wilderness. Driven by his own childhood obsession with the creatures, John Zada decides to seek out the diverse inhabitants of this rugged and far-flung coast, where nearly everyone has a story to tell, from a scientist who dedicated his life to researching the Sasquatch, to members of the area's First Nations, to a former grizzly bear hunter-turned-nature tour guide. With each tale, Zada discovers that his search for the Sasquatch is a quest for something infinitely more complex, cutting across questions of human perception, scientific inquiry, indigenous traditions, the environment, and the power and desire of the human imagination to believe in--or reject--something largely unseen.

Teeming with gorgeous nature writing and a driving narrative that takes us through the forests and into the valleys of a remote and seldom visited region, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond sheds light on what our decades-long pursuit of the Sasquatch can tell us about ourselves and invites us to welcome wonder for the unknown back into our lives.

Title:In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802129352
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  • Lisa

    Alright. So as a person who was raised in New Mexico, and Eastern California, I had never heard of this Bigfoot hoopla. Although I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, it was just a place I was born. New Me...

  • Juli

    Tales of a giant North American ape-like creature have been told for hundreds of years. Native peoples, explorers, pioneers, travelers, hunters, farmers, fisherman, campers, vacationing families....th...

  • Bandit

    This book had me at a mere mention of Sasquatch. Yeah, I’ll read about a guy going Sasquatch hunting. Certainly read enough about fictional versions of this story. But this book actually turned out ...

  • dori

    Absolutely enthralling, well-written, entertaining and thorough.I picked this up as a curiosity (not my typical choice of read) and read it straight through, grateful that it wasn't a simpering, new a...

  • NinjaMuse

    In brief: A journalist visits the Great Bear Rainforest looking for Sasquatch and the folklore around them.Thoughts: When I picked this up, I was expecting sensationalism, voyeurism, and adventurous g...

  • J.S.

    So, do I believe in Bigfoot, or Sasquatch? That’s probably not the right question. A better question would be: do I ever even think about Sasquatch? And the answer would have to be no. It’s not th...

  • Kamisha

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! Based on the fact that it was about searching for Sasquatch in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia (one of the ...

  • Deidre

    This journalistic look at Sasquatch sightings and local myths and legends didn’t make me a believer. A lot of bear stories. The author waxed philosophical too often, and it slowed the story down....

  • Tasha-Lynn

    Well. This was NOT what I expected it to be. I picked up this book at the end of December thinking "sure..why not..this will probably be some good brain fluff for the end of the year when I barely hav...

  • Josh

    IN a slight break from my regular list of sci-fi/fantasy books, my mother recommended this one. Loved it. There was a strong sense of cultural awareness and history that carries through this highly in...