Peace Dancer Book Launch


Courtenay and District Museum to host the launch of Peace Dancer: the fourth and final book in the Northwest Coast Legends series by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd.

The Courtenay and District Museum (207 4th St, Courtenay, BC) will welcome the public in celebrating the launch of Peace Dancer in a free event on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm, with a reading and slideshow from the award-winning artist and author duo.

An enchanting, heart-warming lesson in human kindness, Peace Dancer is told by beloved storyteller and artist Roy Henry Vickers and historian and author Robert “Lucky” Budd.

A captivating fable demonstrating the value of peaceful action in the face of adversity, Peace Dancer offers a unique perspective on an era of global turmoil and climate change. The final installment of the award-winning Northwest Coast Legends series, the book features 18 new and full-colour prints from the renowned artist Roy Henry Vickers during his 70th birthday year.

Peace Dancer tells how, thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla, children love to play at being hunters, eager for their turn to join the grown-ups. But when they capture and mistreat a crow, their disrespect angers the Chief of the Heavens, who conjures a powerful storm to flood the small village. Vickers’ original artworks bring such magnificent, turbulent scenes to life.

Forced to abandon their homes as sea levels rise, the frightened villagers converge atop Anchor Mountain, where they pray for many days, promising to teach their children to value all life. As the rain recedes, the villagers rejoice, and appoint a chief to perform the Peace Dance at every future potlatch, so they may pass on the story of the flood, and the importance of respect, to generations to come.

Teaching a valuable lesson in anti-violence, and reminding us that every life is of great value to each other and to our ecosystem–no matter how small or seemingly insignificant–Peace Dancer will delight readers across all ages with its emotional, compelling narrative and beautiful imagery. The fourth installment in the Northwest Coast Legends series, it follows bestsellers Orca Chief (2015), Cloudwalker (2014), and Raven Brings the Light (2013).

Roy Henry Vickers is a painter, printmaker, carver, design advisor, speaker, author and well-respected leader in First Nations communities. He is the recipient of the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada, a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from York University. He is the owner of the Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC. He has lived on the northwest coast of British Columbia his entire life and currently resides in Hazelton, BC.

Robert Budd (known as Lucky) holds an MA in history and has digitized many high-profile oral history collections including that of the Nisga’a First Nation. He is the author of the book Voices of British Columbia, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and currently lives in Victoria, BC.


Thursday, June 9, 2016 in the Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Doors open 6:30pm; reading begins at 7pm
FREE event. Suitable for all ages
Festival Seating

Harbour Publishing, CAD $19.95.