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Indian Legends of Vancouver Island   By: (1874-1963)

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Indian Legends of Vancouver Island by Alfred Carmichael is a captivating collection of stories that sheds light on the rich and diverse indigenous culture of Vancouver Island. Carmichael beautifully brings to life the legends and folklore passed down through generations of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, providing readers with an immersive experience.

The book comprises a series of short stories, each one delving into a different aspect of Nuu-chah-nulth mythology. From tales of powerful spirits to stories of courageous heroes, Carmichael crafts a narrative that transports readers to a world where nature and spirituality intertwine.

One of the highlights of this book is the vivid imagery and descriptive writing style employed by Carmichael. Every scene is painted with such detail that it feels as if you are right there, witnessing the events unfold. The author's deep respect and understanding of the Nuu-chah-nulth culture are evident in his careful interpretation of the legends, ensuring their authenticity remains intact.

Moreover, Indian Legends of Vancouver Island provides valuable insights into the spiritual beliefs and customs of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. Carmichael explores themes such as the balance between humans and nature, the power of ancestral wisdom, and the importance of community. These legends not only entertain but also provide a valuable window into the indigenous worldview, fostering greater understanding and appreciation.

While the legends themselves are undoubtedly captivating, it is worth mentioning that some readers may find the writing style a bit dense or old-fashioned. Carmichael's choice of language reflects the time when these stories were first recorded, which may take some getting used to. However, the depth and richness of the content more than compensate for any slight challenges in the reading experience.

In conclusion, Indian Legends of Vancouver Island is a masterfully compiled collection that preserves the cultural heritage of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. Alfred Carmichael's passion for storytelling, combined with his deep respect for the indigenous culture, shines through each page. This book is an essential addition to anyone's library, offering both an enjoyable read and an opportunity to learn about and honor the ancient traditions that still resonate on Vancouver Island today.

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[Illustration: THE LONE INDIAN]





The unsophisticated aboriginal of British Columbia is almost a memory of the past. He leaves no permanent monument, no ruins of former greatness. His original habitation has long given place to the frame house of sawn timber, and with the exception of the carvings in black slate made by the Hydah Indians of the Queen Charlotte Islands, and the stone hammers, spear and arrow points, fashioned in the days before the coming of the white man, the mementos of his sojourn in British Columbia are only relics in wood, bark or reeds.

In the Alberni District of Vancouver Island there are two tribes of Indians, the Seshaht and the Opitchesaht. During the winter season the Seshahts live in a village which occupies a beautiful and commanding site on the west bank of the Somass River.

Some thirty years ago when I first knew the Seshahts, they still celebrated the great Lokwana dance or wolf ritual on the occasion of an important potlatch, and I remember well the din made by the blowing of horns, the shaking of rattles, and the beating of sticks on the roof boards of Big Tom's great potlatch house, when the Indians sighted the suppositional wolves on the river bank opposite the Village... Continue reading book >>

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