The Flying Canoe: Legends of the Cowichans
B M Cryer
Illustrated by Betty Campbell Newton
No publisher; 1949. 1st edition.
Booklet with card covers; 245 x 180 mm; 48 pages.
The booklet is in good condition. There is slight rusting of the staples holding the booklet together. Some grubbiness of the covers with a little creasing.
The Cowichan are a group of Coast Salish peoples who live in the Cowichan Valley region on Vancouver Island. With over 3,800 registered members, it is the single largest First Nations band in British Columbia.
“In offering to the public the typical Cowichan Legends included in this little work, Mrs. B. M. Cryer is doing a real service to British Columbia. It was my privilege, a few years ago, to offer some encouragement to Mrs. Cryer, in the collecting of Indian Legends. In this work she achieved great success when the stories were published in the Victoria "Daily Colonist." They were not only true to native tradition, but were presented with real sympathy and understanding. I am pleased indeed, that Mrs. Cryer has decided to publish a few of these most excellent legends. She is to be congratulated on having as illustrator, Miss Betty Newton, whose work is seen in the Provincial Museum Occasional Paper, "A Corner Stone of Canadian Culture." It is very fortunate, and at the same time a testimonial to the fine workmanship of the author, that Mr. William Newcombe, the foremost ethnologist, and authority on British Columbia Indians, has given valuable advice as to details in the illustrations. It is with the utmost pleasure that I commend "The Flying Canoe" to every lover of aboriginal lore