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The Thunder Bird Tootooch Legends

by W.L. Webber


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This is a transcription of a pamphlet which was originally sold to the tourist trade in British Columbia. It describes a vocabulary of symbols which are incorporated into totem poles, including a representative myth for each animal. While not an academic work, it still makes interesting reading, particularly in historical context, and the illustrations are charming.

Title Page
Table of Contents
The Transition of Totemism
Indian Baskets
The Aristocratic Aborigines
Stick Game
Tootooch, The Thunder Bird
Eena, The Beaver
Ol-Hiyo, The Seal
Kutze-ce-te-ut, The Wood Worm
Kee-War-Kow, The Sun
Sisuith or Se-Sook, The Two Headed Snake
The Ill-Jow
Ho-Xhok, The Crane
Shwah Kuk, The Frog
Chee-Che-Ka, The Mink
Le-Loo, The Wolf
Wolalee, The Salmon
Chet-Woot, The Bear
Men-a-Mooks, The Otter Spirit
Pi-Chikamin, The Gift Copper
Property Woman, or Great Grandmother
Slag’ame, the Butterfly
Shaman, the Medicine Man
Chak-Chak, the Eagle
Kwel-Kwel, The Owl
Skam-m, The Halibut
Welala, The Mountain Spirit
Kwaie’tek, The Sea Gull
Mateeh, The Goat
Skana, The Black Fish
He’-e-tlik, The Lightning Snake
Eh-Kolie, The Whale
The Young Raven
Kuuma, The Bull Head
Gal-Quith, The Cod Fish
Maht-Maht, The Duck
Qa-Yel, The Great Raven
The Thunder Bird Totem Pole
The Shadow People and the Raven
Chief Sisa-Kaula's Totem Pole
Story of the Mink
Siwash Rock
The Thunder Bird Totem Pole