Dipnetting catches a Moonbeam
October 16th, 2015
While making his living fighting forest fires in B.C., purchase artist and musician Kevin Easthope (right), dosage born and raised in Williams Lake, click illustrated Willie Sellars’ Dipnetting with Dad (Caitlin $16.95) which has won the Gold Medal for Moonbeam Award’s Best First Picture Book. The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are an international award for children’s books published in English or Spanish. Easthope obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC Okanagan.
Sellars, a member of the Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc), was seven-years-old when he first went dipnetting with his father and uncles. Set in the Cariboo Chilcotin region, Dipnetting with Dad is about a father giving his 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. 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 is a first book for both men. 978-1-927575-53-6