Daylight in the Swamp


Daylight in the Swamp is the bush memoirs of Selwyn Dewdney, a noted Canadian artist and recorder of native rock art. His two great loves, art and the Canadian north, come together in this book. His respect for native culture and art is reflected in his own work, his insight into native rock art, and his passion for canoeing and the northern experience.The third theme of the book is history spanning the period from 1910 through to the 1970s during which the old north largely vanished. Dewdney was there to record the images of forgotten dreams painted on rocks and cliffs throughout the Canadian Shield. Thanks to these memoirs we are all there to witness these things with Dewdney.


"Dewdney provides a rare first-hand glimpse of the people and places of the provincial north in the interwar years, where life existed on the margin of Canadian society."

CBRA (January, 1997)

"One of the great delights of this book is Dewdney's passion for canoeing."

Books in Canada (October, 1998)

About the Author

A.K. Dewdney

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

A.K. Dewdney

A.K. Dewdney is the son of Selwyn Dewdney. His father was working on the manuscript at the time of his untimely death in 1979. He has tightened the original work and added to it. He is professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, and is the author of several books, including The Armchair Universe, and Two Hundred Percent of Nothing.