Shadow Trap

Shadow Trap

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Simon Gunanoot is a legend who became the focus of the longest manhunt in Canadian History, from 1906 to 1919. A Gitxsan First Nation man from the Kispiox Valley, near Hazelton, BC, Simon was trained by his master bushman father, Nagun. At residential school in Port Simpson, he developed other skills, returning home to prosper in business, trapping and trading furs, and owning a supply store amid a resource boom in the region.

Simon's life changed one fateful night in 1906. Accused of killing two white men, he and his family were thrust into an epic journey across one of the world's most rugged, spectacular landscapes. His exploits include evading police and bounty hunters - even the famous American mercenaries, the Pinkertons - and winning a high-profile trial in 1919.

Northern British Columbia, 1908... Gitxsan Indigenous businessman-turned-outlaw Simon Gunanoot - labelled a "terrible savage" for allegedly killing two white men - is hiding out during a brutally cold winter. A failed prospector Danny Kelly, out of desperation to repay his debts, impulsively decides to venture deep into the frozen wilds of the Skeena Mountains in pursuit of Gunanoot and the $1,000 bounty on his head. Kelly soon realizes the hunter has become the hunted.


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