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Rivers running free : stories of adventurous women

Author: Judith Niemi; Barb Wieser
Publisher: Minneapolis : Bergamot Books, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection of women's memoirs of canoeing experiences comes as a welcome alternative to the many outdoors books that seem geared to men. Despite the differences in time and settingfrom 1905 to the 1980s, from Mexico to the Hudson Baymany of the contributions share a common theme: that of women shedding societal roles and surviving by their wits and strength. Many of the accounts are compelling, but some are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rivers running free.
Minneapolis : Bergamot Books, 1987
(OCoLC)707603790
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Niemi; Barb Wieser
ISBN: 0943127009 9780943127002
OCLC Number: 16857616
Description: 287 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: "What did flies matter when you were free" / Jesse Ford --
Becoming a Canada tripper, 1965 / Carol (Heenan) Seajay --
Scouts on the Saranac / Judith McDaniel --
Log of the African queen / Laura Chatain --
It's all old ladies / Helen Woodings --
River camps my mother used to show me / Constance Helmericks --
Missinaibi group journal / Missinaibi women --
Song of women travelling / Maria Brown --
Yip, yip sur la Rivièr / Joan Baril --
40, and at sea / Twyla Wright --
Bush / Kathrene Pinkerton --
Intensity: journal of an Arctic expedition / Laurie Gullion --
Noatak: getting back / Caryl Weaver --
Day at time: Winisk River journal / Barb Wieser --
Mucky waters: a Hudson Bay journal / Judith Niemi --
Clarissa and Seraphine on the canal / Ruth Murray Underhill --
It can't be done / Anna Kalland --
Backyards of the Connecticut / Catherine Reid --
Not a vacation: Mississippi River notes / Marsha Berry --
Canoeing ladies: an introduction / Judith Niemi --
Canoe and the woman / Leslie Glendower Peabody --
Two girls in a canoe / Isobel Knowles --
Passionate paddler / Mary Wickham Bond --
Quetico-Superior honeymoon, 1925 / Hazel Rice --
Lament / Hazel Rice --
Out of stereotype by canoe in 1942 / Ruth Schellbert --
Woman of the boundary waters / Justine Kerfoot --
1500 miles down the Saskatchewan / Agnes Laut --
Following Mrs. Hubbard through Labrador / Judith Niemi --
Bear story / Heart Warrior Chosa --
Way of life / Valerie Fons --
Celebration / Sue Sherrod --
Solo on the Yukon / Helen Broomell --
Building your own fires / Audrey Sutherland --
Echoes and silences / C.C. Vyvyan --
Watching the water: Grand Canyon journal / Margie Erhart.
Responsibility: edited by Judith Niemi and Barbara Wieser.

Abstract:

"This collection of women's memoirs of canoeing experiences comes as a welcome alternative to the many outdoors books that seem geared to men. Despite the differences in time and settingfrom 1905 to the 1980s, from Mexico to the Hudson Baymany of the contributions share a common theme: that of women shedding societal roles and surviving by their wits and strength. Many of the accounts are compelling, but some are couched in New Age jargon that blunts their impact ("I feel my center reach out to meet/tap/mingle with/give-to that water energy"). The editorializing could be more literate, and the book's chummy tone seems more appropriate to a community newsletter. Still, this collection is sure to give much-needed inspiration to readers who have felt that the wilderness couldn't be enjoyed by the "weaker" sex."--Pub. desc.

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