Born to be Wild
She’s led an adventurous and charmed life, from hitchhiking though Africa to living in the Canadian Arctic. It’s all a long way from her home town of East Fremantle, but as Mark Irving discovers, Lyn Hancock has no intention of slowing down. Download the PDF
The Ring Helps Discover Links to the Past
Lyn Hancock wants Paul Gross to turn her book, The Ring: Memories of aMetis Grandmother, into a film. It should be said that Lyn Hancock didn’t know who Paul Gross was 10 seconds before making this decision. But upon hearing the Passchendaele director is a Canadian filmmaker with Calgary roots who seems to have an interest in history, Hancock makes the snap decision that he could be the man to turn her take on the romance between Sam Livingston and Jane Howse, not to mention its heartwarming offshoot story of how the book helped reunite a family, into an epic, generations-spanning movie. Download the PDF
“The Ring”, Brings Metis History Full Circle
Longtime wildlife writer Lyn Hancock brings some human past to life in her new presentation about real Canadian pioneers. Lynn Welburn, Staff Reporter, Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour StarDistinguished author, photojournalist, lecturer and film maker for more than 40 years, Lyn Hancock will be in the city Sunday to launch her latest book, The Ring, at the Harbourfront Library at 1.30pm.
The Ring, Hancock’s latest addition to her more than 20 books about her life and adventures with wildlife was years in the making and taught her a lesson about life comes full circle.
Written for older children and adults, The Ring, first published as Tell me, Grandmother in 1985, is the true love story between Metis woman Jane Howse and flamboyant Irish pioneer Sam Livingston in Canada’s early years.
“At the launch I’ll be dressed as Grandma Jane and serving tea, bannock and wild berry jam and buffalo pemmican as I tell the story of how this book came about, and, I hope, get other people talking about their family histories as well,” says Hancock.“This story starts in the present, goes back into the past and then comes back to the present. The ring is both real and metaphorical.”
She will also show slides, tell stories and present a display of photos and artifacts.
Putting the book together, a task of many years, formed a ring of its own, she says. It started with one of her grade six students in Victoria talking about her family’s history and through her and her special interest in an orphan gibbon ape that lived in the classroom for a year, Hancock met the student’s mother who had written the first draft of her husband’s grandparent’s story. She was asked to ‘pretty it up’ and get it published.
“Well, for about two years in the mid eighties and for about 10 years in this century, it has taken about 12 years altogether to ‘pretty it up’”, Hancock says with an infectious laugh.
And research is still ongoing. From Hudson Bay to the Red River Valley to Calgary to Vancouver Island. To Duncan where Samuel Dorcy Letourneau, given up for adoption at the age of 2, discovered through Tell me, Grandmother that he was really Sam Livingston 111, the grandson of Sam and Jane .
“It’s just such a wonderful story how it all happened,” says Hancock. “especially how he was reunited with his sister in Calgary after 64 years apart, a sister he didn’t know he had. How his identity was proved with two halves of a torn photo is a moment that gives people goosebumps.”
The Ring brings the story full circle and is, Hancock says, the culmination of the work of many members of the Jane Howse and Sam Livingston family who were gold prospectors, buffalo hunters, fur traders, gardeners, farmers, and hard-working pioneers who raised 14 children on the Canadian prairie.
“This story is a magical one. It’s about a family finding their roots and about people who took chances, had adventures and the importance of the roles of women in those days that we don’t often hear much about,” she says.
The book is filled with historical images that will interest youth and adults. The Ring is available here or at Save-on-Foods and Alberni Outpost in Country Club Mall, Nanaimo Arts Council and Nanaimo Maps and Charts downtown.
Author Hancock’s Work Revealed Local Family’s Metis Past
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Seal is Back in Sleeping Bag
There’s a Cougar in my Bathroom… or maybe a bear in my bed
There are no idle moments in Lyn Hancock’s day. Here, in her one day diary, she tells why.
A few weeks after Lyn returned to Canada from honeymooning in Australia with David, her Canadian zoologist husband, she became a mother to a baby seal. She wrote a book about it – “A Seal in the Family.” Another book is on the way, but with the increase in her animal family Lyn says it wont be finished this year unless she goes into retreat.
Lyn Hancock & Friends by Rick Hyde
If you had trouble finding a landlord that allows you keep pets, you can imagine the difficulties for Lyn Hancock when she looks for a place to rent.
The Columbus Spirit of Lyn Hancock
“I’ve read her described as “dynamo” but after five dizzying hours in her company, the world barly hints at her moxie”“