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E. Pauline Johnson


E. Pauline Johnson (Takehionwake) was a daughter of a Mohawk Chief and a white mother.  She was one of Canada’s most famous performers, poet, feminist and indigenous activist of the Victorian era. Pauline Johnson documented legends, told to her by her great friend, Squamish Chief Joe Capilano, in the Vancouver newspaper, The Daily Province, and then a book, ‘Legends of Vancouver’, in print now for over 100 years.

This Vancouver walking guide, visits some of the sites of those legends, and examines places of sacred meaning to First Nations people; places like The Two Sisters, Siwash Rock and Deadman's Island.

Salish First Nations who inhabit Vancouver include the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil Waututh Nations. Each Nation will have their own stories and legends, that may differ from the legends documented here in Pauline Johnson Takehionwake’s book.

Chief Joe Capilano


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Legend of Vancouver Map

The chapters featured on the website do not include all the text in the book 'Legends of Vancouver' by E. Pauline Johnson (Takehionwake). If you would like to read the book in the original or order a hard copy of the book click here. 

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