INDIAN LEGENDS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND - 17 Native American Legends - Anon E. Mouse - ebook

A great read for children and great for reading around campfires!Herein you will find seventeen stories of adventure and legend from Vancouver Island, or the land known as Wakash Nation. Stories like “The Legend Of The Thunder Birds”, “How Shewish Became A Great Whale Hunter”, “The Finding Of The Tsomass” and of course “The Legends of Eut-Le-Ten”, Vancouver Island’s own Maui.Here you will read stories of the lone Indian paddling his canoe on the waters of the Western sounds, savouring the scent of cedar hidden amongst the Toh-a-mupt, or Sitca, spruce, with it’s scaly bark and prickly spine; the feathery foliage of the Quilth-kla-mupt, the western hemlock. The frond-like branches and aromatic scent betray to him the much-prized Hohm-ess, the giant cedar tree, from which he carves his staunch canoe.These are the woods in which Eut-Le-Ten roamed and hunted and dreamed of winning the hand of Nas-nas-shup’s daughter who resided in land beyond the sky. Enamoured with this thought, Eut-Le-Ten shot arrow after arrow towards heaven making a rope of shafts. Then when his rope was high enough, he climbed the rope to land above and beyond to claim the hand of Nas-nas-shup’s daughter. Read about this in “The Arrow Chain To Heaven”. But claiming his princess would not be as simple as he thought. Armed with the charms he received after helping “The Two Blind Squaws”, he had to overcome “The Four Terrors Guarding The House Of Nas-Nas-Shup” and the endure “The Trial By Fire” before he could eventually claim his bride. Eut-le-ten eventually returned to earth and was counted as a chief more learned than any that had ever been.So, after you have downloaded this unique volume, find a comfy chair and be prepared to be entertained.==========TAGS: Indian Legends, native American, American Indian, Vancouver island, Nanaimo, folklore, fairy tales, myths, legends, children’s stories, bedtime, fables, Pen Picture, Barkley Sound, Summer Home, Seshahts, Thunder Birds, Shewish, Great Whale Hunter, Finding, Tsomass, Legend Of Eut-Le-Ten, Witch, E-Ish-So-Oolth, Birth, Quest, Ogre, Destruction, Release Of The Children, Adventures, Arrow Chain To Heaven, Two Blind Squaws, Four Terrors, Guarding, House Of Nas-Nas-Shup, Trial By Fire, Astronomy, north west coast, Wakash Nation

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Indian Legends of Vancouver Island

Compiled BY

Alfred Carmichael


J. Semeyn

Originally Published by

The Musson Book Company, Toronto


Resurrected by

Abela Publishing, London


Indian Legends Of Vancouver Island

Typographical arrangement of this edition

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The Lone Indian



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Indian Legends Of Vancouver Island

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By Way of Introduction

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.

In those days we were permitted to attend the potlatches and witness the animal and other dances, among which were the "Panther," "Red Headed Woodpecker," "Wild Swan" and the "Sawbill Duck." Generally we were welcome at the festivals, provided we did not laugh or show sign of any feeling save that of grave interest. Among my Indian acquaintances of those days was Ka-coop-et, better known in the district as Mr. Bill. Bill is a fine type of Seshaht, quite intelligent and with a fund of humour. Having made friends, he told me in a mixture of broken English and Chinook some of the old folk lore of his tribe. Of these stories I have selected for publication "How Shewish Became a Great Whale Hunter" and "The Finding of the Tsomass." This latter story as I present it, is a composite of three versions of the same tale, as received, by Gilbert Malcolm Sproat about the year 1862; by myself from "Bill" in 1896, and by Charles A. Cox, Indian Agent, resident at Alberni, from an old Indian called Ka-kay-un, in September 1921. Ka-kay-un credits his great great grandfather with being the father of the two young Indians who with the slave See-na-ulth discovered the valley now known as Alberni, while "Bill" gave the credit to the sons of "Wick-in-in-ish."

The framework for "The Legend of Eut-le-ten," was related to me by Rev. M. Swartout in the year 1897. Mr. Swartout was a missionary to the West Coast Indian tribes. He spoke the language of the natives fluently, and took great pains to get the story with as much accuracy as possible. A few years later, Mr. Swartout was drowned during a heavy storm while crossing in an open boat from the islands in Barkley Sound to Ucluelet.

In the making of the stories into English, I have worked in what knowledge I have of the customs and habits of the West Coast Indians of Vancouver Island. In a few instances, due to a lack of refinement of thought in the original stories, I have taken some license in their transcription. The legends indicate the poetry that lies hidden in the folk lore of the British Columbia Coast Indian tribes. For place names and other valuable information I am indebted to the kindness of Mr. Cox. The illustrations are original and are the work of Mr. J. Semeyn of Victoria.


Victoria, B.C.


By Way Of Introduction

A Pen Picture Of Barkley Sound

The Summer Home Of The Seshahts

The Legend Of The Thunder Birds

How Shewish Became A Great Whale Hunter

The Finding Of The Tsomass

The Legend Of Eut-Le-Ten

Explanation Of "The Legend Of Eut-Le-Ten"

The Witch E-Ish-So-Oolth

The Birth Of Eut-Le-Ten

The Quest

The Ogre

The Destruction Of The Ogre

The Release Of The Children

Further Adventures Of Eut-Le-Ten

The Arrow Chain To Heaven

The Two Blind Squaws

The Four Terrors Guarding The House Of Nas-Nas-Shup

The Trial By Fire

Astronomy According To Eut-Le-Ten


The Lone Indian

On Jutting Rocks the Black Klap-Poose, the Shag in Silence Sits

A West Coast Indian Wearing the Kut-sack

A Pictographic Painting--The Coat of Arms of Shewish, Seshaht Chief

The Bark Gives Way and Comes in Strips from off the Trees

We Dance Round our Fires and Sing Again

Next Day E're Mid-day Came They Had Set Sail

Brushing the Hemlock Boughs, he Walked Stealthily


Stone Hammer Used by the Indians of Barkley Sound

He Shot an Arrow Straight Above his Head

Then Eut-le-ten Stood Within the Fire

A Pen Picture of Barkley Sound


To the lone Indian, who slowly paddles his canoe upon the waters of this western sound, each tree of different kind by shade of green and shape of crown is known; the Toh-a-mupt or Sitca spruce with scaley bark and prickly spine; the feathery foliage of the Quilth-kla-mupt, the western hemlock, relieved in spring by the light green of tender shoots. The frond-like branches and aromatic scent betray to him the much-prized Hohm-ess, the giant cedar tree, from which he carves his staunch canoe. These form the woods which sweep from rocky shore to topmost hill.