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The Ring by Lyn Hancock and Marion Dowler

Radio Interview (June 02 2010): Lyn's interview with Gary Freeman in Calgary on Bookmark AM Radio 770

The Ring

Tell Me Grandmother is back to life as The Ring. The original story of love between a Metis woman, Jane Howse, and Sam Livingston, a flamboyant Irishman, first published as Tell Me, Grandmother in 1985 by McClelland and Stewart, has been updated with new information, a new cover, and approximately 200 additional images (maps, photographs and illustrations), archival and modern.

Why The Ring? Their romance is symbolized by the ring given to Jane as a token of Sam's undying love. Unusually wrought and engraved with the words IN MEMORY OF, it remains today as a legacy to the many descendants of this remarkable couple. The Ring appeals to adults and children alike, to people of all ages who are fascinated or curious about their past. It reveals how life can often turn full circle in mysterious ways.

Read more on this pdf document and see this original article from 1985 about Jane Howse Livingston and family.

Lyn and Marion (right)
Lyn Hancock (on left); Marion (on right): Lyn is a well-known author of many non-fiction books and articles. A list of her books can be found at Here's what others have been saying about The Ring:

"written in the same tone of peace and quiet that I remember enjoying so much when I was a small child on the Prairies,a tone that we all cherish so much and want to preserve for our future generations,a tone that most of our contemporaries will know nothing about." Carol Vulliamy, Metis Elder.

"It is exciting to have a family history like that of the Livingstons which tells of the deeds and exploits of pioneer members of the family. And this usually comes from the memories of the elders, which is still one of our most fertile sources of history. Tell Me, Grandmother is that kind of story." Hugh A. Dempsey, Curator Emeritus, Glenbow Museum, Calgary.

"A wonderful story of our own Canadian history,adventure,suspense,relevant now to Indian and Metis land claims." Helen Vernon, teacher, Victoria, BC.

"A gem of a book!" Ruth Linka, Brindle and Glass Publishers.

Marion Dowler: Marion Dowler (1927-2007) was amazing. In her senior years, she overcame her own physical disability to encourage other handicapped persons, she volunteered in many church and community projects across Canada and the United States. She travelled to China, Kenya, Thailand, the Philippines and New Zealand to teach English.

At 60, she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Alberta, specializing in sociology, anthropology and social welfare. At 70 she completed her Master of Theological Studies at St. Stephen's College in Edmonton, Alberta. During her lifetime and long before they became mainstream, she was working in psychotronic research and reflexology. She published several articles and poems in various magazines.

And it was Marion, the husband of Dennis Dowler, "the little boy" asking questions of his grandmother Jane Livingston in Tell Me, Grandmother and The Ring who was the driving force to publicize the woman's role, and particularly a Metis woman's role in this slice of Canadian history.