Voice of the Great Spirit
The Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet, British Columbia

Voice of the Great Spirit - book cover

151 page hardback - ISBN: 9780956852007
Available to purchase directly online, and at all good book retailers worldwide.

This book is more than a wildlife story, it is a thoughtfully constructed celebration of the grizzly bear; a skilfully realised journey around one of the last surviving tracts of temperate rainforest on earth. A creative, poetic observation of life in Knight Inlet that is brim with rich and involving images of animal behaviour; wild landscapes and time spent in this corner of our fragile planet.

Traveling between spring and summer over an eight year period, the Irish photographer Dave Campbell has captured images that share something of this threatened landscape with you. He champions Knight Inlet as one of the few safe havens of the raincoast grizzly by simply documenting the world in which these magnificent animals live.

From the first page, you travel the skies over the inlet through to landing at Glendale Cove, moving gradually into the forest for a glimpse of the bear, until you stand face to face with him on his own terms. A narrative carries us along with the landscape, plant life and other animals living in this part of the Canadian wilderness.

Here one may encounter the grizzly as he truly is, as a much loved creature who stirs something in us. As the gentle playful bear; the fisher bear, the family bear – not as the aggressive bear of the imagination – but as the clear voice of the great spirit.

Reviews...

To open [the book] anywhere is to release a celebration of power, grace, intelligence and individuality. It is a story of life in a splendored place among a community of wild neighbors, and it comes straight and strong from the heart.
Douglas H.Chadwick – Biologist, author, National Geographic contributor
Your book has arrived - it is beautiful! In addition to the almost spiritual photography I like the way you used hand script for the title pages and numbering. It gives the book a very personal feel.
Evelyn Gillespie – The Laughing Oyster Bookshop , B.C., Canada