Author Jack Nisbet Follows the Trail of Early Fur Traders through Art, Maps

Jack Nisbet, author of “The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest,” uses 19th century art and map work to illustrate the tribal trails used by early fur traders during the free lecture, “In the Wake of the Flood,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the SCC Lair-Student Center auditorium, Bldg. 6, 1810 N. Greene St.

Sponsored by the Ice Age Flood Institute, Cheney-Spokane chapter, Nisbet’s presentation is open to the public.
The first fur traders in the Northwest used trails that naturally followed landforms created by the Ice Age Floods. Nisbet uses art, illustrations and comments by explorer David Thompson (1807-12) and artists Henry James Warre (1845-45), Paul Kane (1846-47) and Gustavus Sohon (1853-58) to highlight landscape clues to past geologic events.
Jack Nisbet is a Spokane teacher and naturalist whose works include “Purple Flat Top;” “Singing Grass, Burning Sage;” and “Visible Bones.” The Pacific Northwest Booksellers named “The Collector” as one of its 2010 Books of the Year.
For details, contact SCC geology instructor Andy Buddington, 533-8017.

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