Stories of the Forest

June 2022 in our Main Gallery…

… We will be featuring an exhibition and book for the project ‘Stories of the Forest,’ an interpretive display of the many different voices that resonate within our surrounding forests. 

“The forests around us have stories to tell to those who can read the signs. This art exhibition & book project reveals new ways of seeing & being in the interior temperate rainforests around Revelstoke. In this project, 20 Indigenous knowledge keepers & local forest experts share their insights into one place in the forest, teaching us how to ‘read’ the natural world around us & encouraging us to think about our place within it. Storytellers & landscapes are photographed by award-winning photographer Rob Buchanan & illustrated by Claire Sieber, using inks made from the forest. The project is coordinated by writer Laura Stovel & ethnobotanist Christy Shaw.” – Laura Stovel, Project lead

How you can help

Project leads, Laura Stovel and Christie Shaw, are currently looking for donations & business sponsorships to ensure this project can go forward.

How to donate: 

  • Stop by our front desk during our current office hours and let us know you’d like to donate to this project
  • Donated directly online here: Donate Now
  • More information: email Laura Stovel at

The stories of the forest


Storytellers and artists:

Matt Angus – Hunter Victor
Antoine – Syilx knowledge keeper
Verena Blasey – Biologist (Lichens)
Kevin  Bollefer – Forester
Karen Bray – Fish biologist
Ryan Gill – Biologist (Beaver wetlands)
Rob Buchanan – Photographer
Remey Lacombe – Sinixt knowledge keeper
Annette Loe – Indigenous cultural advisor
Lisa Moore with daughters – Métis educator
Sarah Newton – Educator (Moss)
Michele Sam – Ktunaxa knowledge keeper
Rob Serrouya – Caribou biologist (Old growth)
Christy Shaw – Ethnobotanist (Plant medicines)
Giles Shearing – Environmental scientist
Claire Sieber – Artist, educator (With children)
Laura Stovel – Historian (Changing landscapes)
Ken Talbot – Forester, educator, fisherman
Greg Utzig – Ecologist (Old growth, climate change)
Barb Wadey – Forester (Spring forest)
John Woods – Ornithologist
Randy Williams – Secwepemc knowledge keeper

Lauren Lisa Sam picking berries Buchanan
Verena examining Lungwort Lichen Buchanan 1