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History and Folklore of the Cowichan Indians


THE history and legends of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest is especially interesting from the fact that they have not been so long or so closely in touch with the white races as the other aboriginal inhabitants of North America. This little volume deals with the Cowichan tribe of Vancouver Island, who, from being a numerous and powerful people, are now reduced to a mere handful. Civilization is destroying their native dignity and wholesome life, substituting much evil for the real good found in their former customs and character. Their legends are fast being forgotton, and as a contribution towards their preservation, I have translated them as a memento of British Columbia.

The Story of Cedar: Cowichan Workshop

The Story of the First Man on Earth
Sowittan, Or The Grumbler
The Story of the Flood by the Cowichan Indians
History of the Cowichan
The War Song
The Story of Quamichah
Scalligham; or The Thunder and Lightning Bird
The Adventures of a Young Man with Crooked Eyes
The Story of the Ten Brothers and the Sea Lion
The Story of Semmelth
Stetalht, or Spirit People
Chiltsop, or Fire Stick
Children of the Moon
The Story of the Four Winds

Folk-Lore of the Cree Indians

As a little girl I used to listen to these legends with the greatest delight, and in order not to lose them, I have written down what I can remember of them. When written they lose their charm which was in the telling. They need the quaint songs and the sweet voice that told them, the winter gloaming and the bright fire as the only light—then were these legends beautiful.



The Enchanted Bear
Chis-tapistaquhn, or the Rolling Head
The Two Sisters
The Adventures of Hyas

Cowichan Green Community 2013

Tourism Cowichan
Cowichan Tribes

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