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Legends of Vancouver

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews present you this new edition. I have been asked to write a preface to these Legends of Vancouver, which, in conjunction with the members of the Publication Sub-committee- Mrs. Lefevre, Mr. L. W. Makovski and Mr. R. W. Douglas- I have helped to put through the press. But scarcely any prefatory remarks are necessary. This book may well stand on its own merits. St ...more
ebook, 124 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1911)
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Lari Don
Jan 08, 2013 Lari Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read lots of old collections of legends and myths, from all over the world, mostly because I love them, but also because I bounce my own writing off them. But I usually dip in and out of the books, guided by the contents page or the index, because I’m usually looking for something specific. I rarely read them from cover to cover simply for pleasure. This book, however, was a joy to read. It has an unusual history: written before the Great War by a woman of the Mohawk nation, retelling the lege ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a well-organized collection of Coast Salish myths (mostly Squamish) as told to Pauline Johnson by the then Chief Capilano. While Johnson's use of language is a bit archaic, the heart of each story is clear and true.

Of the first nations, or editor says it best, "To these coast tribes if a man is 'kind' he is everything."

Indeed, for most of these stories exalt the triumph of good over evil, generosity over greed, and bravery over cowardice.

Most beautiful to me was imagining the lower main
Elaine Cougler
Sep 19, 2016 Elaine Cougler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legends of Vancouver by Pauline Johnson is a delicious sensory and mythical experience. Told to Johnson by Chief Joe Capilano, the tales ring true yet allow the reader to glimpse the ethereal quality of the legends. I really enjoyed this gift from my daughter.
Sujata Das Gupta
Jun 08, 2016 Sujata Das Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of legends and lore of the Squamish people (a tribe of native American Indians), the tales will seem simplistic to many of us. Being so entwined with the simple indigenous beliefs of the Indians, they lack that thrill and magic that fairy tales have. But these tales have a magic of their own. Only it is more quiet and sublime. In this very magic and in their very quaintness, the tales had an appeal for me, as did the fact that they told a whole lot about native folk. And there was, ...more
Theryn Fleming
The legends (with one exception) are Squamish and were told to Johnson by Chief Joe Capilano (also with a few exceptions). Pauline Johnson was clearly a gifted storyteller, and I think a good part of the reason people continue to find the stories so compelling is the way she tells them. However, I think the way the stories came about and are credited brings up some interesting questions/issues with respect to written vs. oral storytelling, as well as the weight we place on the importance of the ...more
George Ilsley
A collection of mostly West Coast Aboriginal tales, compiled by the writer and performer Pauline Johnson. Some of the language used is perhaps not what would be currently used; however, the tales themselves and timeless and evocative.
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Emily Pauline Johnson (also known in Mohawk as Tekahionwake), commonly known as E. Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson, was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century. Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her First Nations heritage; her father was a Mohawk chief of mixed ancestry, and her mother an English immigrant. One such poem is the freq ...more
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