Legends of the Capilano

By E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
With Joe Capilano (Sahp-luk) & Mary Agnes Capilano (Lixwelut)
Edited by Alix Shield
Categories: Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences, Literature & Language Studies, Indigenous Literature, Canadian Literature, Auto/biography & Memoir
Series: First Voices, First Texts
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Paperback : 9781772840179, 256 pages, April 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781772840186, 256 pages, April 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9781772840193, 256 pages, April 2023
Hardcover : 9781772840209, 256 pages, April 2023

Table of contents


Author's Foreward to the 1911 Edition



E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Chief Joe Capilano (Sahp-luk)

Mary Capilano (Lixwelut)

From London (1906) to Vancouver (1909)

"Periodicals First": Mother's Magazine and the Vancouver Daily Province

The Publications of Legends (and Recovering Mary Capilano's Narrative Voice)

Legends of Vancouver, or Legends of the Capilano?

Legends of Vancouver: An Overview of Key Editions (1911-2013)

Johnson's Final Will & Other Adaptations of Legends

Legends of the Capilano: A Collaborative Approach


Legends of the Capilano

The Two Sisters

The Siwash Rock

The Recluse

The Lost Salmon Run

The Deep Waters

The Sea-Serpent

The Lost Island

Point Grey

The Tulameen Trail

The Grey Archway

Deadman's Island

A Squamish Legend of Napoleon

The Lure in Stanley Park

Deer Lake

A Royal Mohawk Chief


Stories of Mary Agnes Capilano

The Legend of the Two Sisters

The Legend of the Squamish Twins

The Legend of the Seven Swans

The Legend of Lillooet Falls

The Legend of the Ice Babies


Bringing the Legends home


Legends of the Capilano updates E. Pauline Johnson’s 1911 classic Legends of Vancouver, restoring Johnson’s intended title for the first time. This new edition celebrates the storytelling abilities of Johnson’s Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) collaborators, Joe and Mary Capilano, and supplements the original fifteen legends with five additional stories narrated solely or in part by Mary Capilano, highlighting her previously overlooked contributions to the book.


Alongside photographs and biographical entries for E. Pauline Johnson, Joe Capilano, and Mary Capilano, editor Alix Shield provides a detailed publishing history of Legends since its first appearance in 1911. Interviews with literary scholar Rick Monture (Mohawk) and archaeologist Rudy Reimer (Skwxwú7mesh) further considers the legacy of Legends in both scholars’ home communities. Compiled in consultation with the Mathias family, the direct descendants of Joe and Mary Capilano and members of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation, this edition reframes, reconnects, and reclaims the stewardship of these stories.