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INTRODUCTIONTULAMEEN TRAILLibraryHistoric CoalmontGranite CreekCOALMONT BOOKStory of SimilkameenMOZEY-ON-INNCopyrighte-mail me


by E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), 1911


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Author's Foreword

These legends (with two or three exceptions) were told to me personally by my honored 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. 

To 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.


This is a transcription of one story from E. Pauline Johnson's book "Legends of Vancouver", published in 1911.    We were loaned an original copy by Ole Juul of Coalmont, and thought it appropriate that the story "The Tulameen Trail" be available for all to enjoy, and that it might educate people on the history of the Similkameen area through a local Indian legend. 

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Just as we would allow a friend to borrow a book, such is our intent in displaying this work on our website. This story is free to read and enjoy for personal use.  It is not to be reprinted or distributed for commercial use.  We hope you enjoy it.

1 Internet Archive, (February 23, 2009).