Willie Sellars was seven-years-old the first time he went dipnetting with his dad and uncles. A band member of Williams Lake Indian Band (T'exelc), Sellers is well acquainted with the history and lore of one of BC's oldest cultures. Set in the Cariboo Chilcotin region of BC, Dipnetting with Dad (Caitlin $16.95), teaches a son lessons in the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. The stepping stones of preparation for the long-awaited moment - a visit to the sweat lodge, learning how to mend nets, finding the perfect fishing spot, and catching and packing the fish back to the lodge - pale in comparison to the real lessons learned - family values, the importance of storytelling and the meaning of community living. Coming of age is at the heart of this first book. In his position as a second term Band Councillor, Sellars works closely with the departments of Resources. Married with two children, he keeps busy practising his culture and playing sports.


Dipnetting with Dad Illustrations by Kevin Easthope (Caitlin 2014) $16.95 978-1-927575-53-6

[BCBW 2014]