Flash Back Fridays

Hilary Stewart (1924-2014)

Hilary Steward (left) with Joy Inglis.

Hilary Steward (left) with Joy Inglis.

It is with sadness we must note the passing on June 5 of the renowned BC artist and author Hilary Stewart, author of more than ten titles including Cedar: Tree of Life of the North West Coast Indians and the perennial bestseller Looking at Totem Poles. Long a resident of Quadra Island, Stewart was an important authority on Northwest Indian art and culture with numerous titles directly concerned with Aboriginal cultures starting with Artifacts of the Northwest Coast (1973) and Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast (1977). Cedar (1984), an examination of the various ways Aboriginal cultures utilized cedar, received one of the first four B.C. Book Prizes that were presented in 1985. Stewart’s reiusse of the journal kept by English sailor at Nootka Sound in 1803, John R. Jewitt, Captive of Maquinna (1987), also received a B.C. Book Prize. Other titles included Robert Davidson: Haida Printmaker (1979) and Totem Poles (1990). Hilary Stewart was born in St. Lucia, West Indies in 1924, educated in England and came to Canada in 1951. She lived for many years on Quadra Island but was forced to move to Campbell River after a stroke. She had spent the past five years in a nursing home in increasingly frail health. “Hilary Stewart was one of those unique talents who was equally distinguished as a writer and a graphic artist,” said her publisher, Howard White. “Her keen study of aboriginal cultures of the BC coast led her to make a major contribution to popular understanding.”


JIM BOULDING

By Hilary Stewart

Jim Boulding was pitch sticks & lighting fires in the rain
And a film on hypothermia –
Jim was a Zodiak & a tin boat roaring down
Muchalat Inlet out to the pacific & on to Escalante –
Jim was buzz-bombs and salmon dinners at the
camp & late night saunas on the sand amid loud laughter,
raucous song & icy dips in the ocean –
Jim was apples & oranges & respect for the Indians at Friendly Cove –

Jim was Nanaimo bars and a mountain of gear On the U chuck & laugher all the way back to the Lodge –
Jim was teaching & caring &learning; observing and thinking & crating. And fighting –

Jim was opportunity & impossible dreams made real for himself & others –
Jim was many things to many people, & the people and the land are richer because this mountain of man cared. And shared.

Jim was a celebration of life

Jim Boulding fly fishing during a rare moment of relaxation

Jim Boulding fly fishing during a rare moment of relaxation