Vol. 27 No. 1 (2011): Ecosophy Across Generations.
Narratives and Stories

A Girl Named Similkameen

Bronwyn Preece
University of Victoria Applied Theatre Student

Published 2010-10-12

How to Cite

Preece, B. (2010). A Girl Named Similkameen. The Trumpeter, 27(1), 25–27. Retrieved from https://trumpeter.athabascau.ca/index.php/trumpet/article/view/1203


***Please Note: I am submitting this piece as I thought it suited your search for cross-generational pieces about a connection to a place. The piece details how when I was five years old I decided that if I ever had a little girl, I would name her Similkameen. Why? Because I was overcome at such a young age by a sense of tremendous magic and awe around the headwaters of the Similkameen River in British Columbia. This feeling stayed with me, returning each time I returned to the area. In April, 2001, Similkameen Shannon O'Rourke was born. This is a Similkameen story: one that goes beyond the name, beyond the place and into the essence.