Cougar Annie Tales revolves around the life of Ada Annie Jordan, who settled in the Clayoquot coastal rainforest in 1915. (Photo courtesy Katrina Kadoski)

Cougar Annie Tales revolves around the life of Ada Annie Jordan, who settled in the Clayoquot coastal rainforest in 1915. (Photo courtesy Katrina Kadoski)

Singer-songwriter tells story of unique Vancouver Island pioneer

One-woman show ‘Cougar Annie’ coming to Bowser Aug. 7

Singer-songwriter Kat Kadoski will bring her one-woman show, Cougar Annie Tales, to the Lighthouse Community Hall (240 Lions Way) in Bowser on Aug. 7.

In her performance, Kadoski uses dramatic narrative, images, letters and original compositions to celebrate the life of pioneer Ada Annie Jordan, who earned her nickname by shooting dozens of cougars to supplement her income.

California-born Jordan settled in the Clayoquot coastal rainforest in 1915 with her first husband and three young children. A five-acre garden that she carved out of the wilderness provided food and income throughout her long life. She gave birth to eight more children in this remote location and rarely left the property until old age and blindness forced her to relocate to Port Alberni, where she died at the age of 97.

Jordan was anything but a typical woman. She trapped more than 70 cougars, homesteaded a rainforest bog, opened a remote post office, and outlived four husbands.

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Kadoski lived in Clayoquot Sound for three years care-taking Jordan’s garden and immersing herself in the folklore surrounding the legendary pioneer.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be bought in advance for $20 at the Salish Gallery and Georgia Park Store, or for $25 at the door.

After the Bowser performance, Kadoski will take her show to Keromeos, Nelson, Crawford Bay, Fernie and Red Deer.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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