legends (with two or three exceptions) were told to
me personally by my honoured friend, the late Chief
Joe Capilano, of Vancouver, whom I had the privilege
of first meeting in London in 1906, when he visited
England and was received at Buckingham Palace by their
Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
the fact that I was able to greet Chief Capilano in
the Chinook tongue, while we were both many thousands
of miles from home, I owe the friendship and the confidence
which he so freely gave me when I came to reside on
the Pacific coast. These legends he told me from time
to time, just as the mood possessed him, and he frequently
remarked that they had never been revealed to any other
English-speaking person save myself.
PAULINE JOHNSON (Tekahionwake)
legends are printed by courtesy of the “Vancouver
Daily Province,” in which journal they first appeared.