Legends of Vancouver
LEGENDS OF VANCOUVER
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.
Start your tour with a visit to the Emily Pauline Johnson (Takehionwake) memorial.
The legend tells of the story of the power of female children to the survival and the prosperity of the tribe.
The Sea Serpent: The spirit of greed in the form of a sea-serpent is destroyed by a brave warrior.
The legend of countless wars fought over this rocky outcrop. And the great sacrifices paid by the people to achieve peace.
The inspiration behind E. Pauline Johnson Takehionwake's famous poem of the same name.
The legend of how an ancient evil corrupts and the power of human kindness to protect us all.