REPORTING · 20th April 2015
A former Kitamaat resident returned home to launch a collection of stories on Tuesday, April 14th. Joe Starr, a former teacher at Nechako Elementary School, launched his first self published book, Nuyem Weaver, based on old stories which has heard. The stories date back as far as he can remember.
“It’s a collection of short stories, which are fiction, but all of them have a lesson and there is a theme of spirituality which is woven through out these stories,” said Starr. “Nuyem is our word for old stories, or history. It could be of the community, it could be of our family.”
The book started three years ago when he lost his partner who was diagnosed with Cancer. A year later, he had a near death experience twice. From there, he wrote the book. There are ten stories in the book.
Starr’s favourite story is about a woman who is shown a pattern for a woven floor matt in a dream by her Grandmother. She travels to Daniel Bay and makes the matt while she is visited by the ancestral spirits. There is more to the story so to find your copy of the book, which Starr is selling. At the moment, he is testing the market and is selling them himself.
He stated it is great to be home from Nanaimo for a joyous event.
Comment by Kevin Stewart on 21st April 2015
Happy to see one of our Xaislas return home for a visit to promote his new book ,i look forward to reading it and sharing it with the young ones in our family.