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Totem Poles and Tea Eldon Lee

Totem Poles and Tea

Eldon Lee

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ISBN : 9781895811117
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218 pages
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In the mid 1930s, Village Island at the mouth of Knight Inlet and 25 kilometres from Alert Bay off northern Vancouver Island, was still an active winter village for the Nimpkish people. It was also the home of Katherine OBrien and Miss Kate Dibben,MoreIn the mid 1930s, Village Island at the mouth of Knight Inlet and 25 kilometres from Alert Bay off northern Vancouver Island, was still an active winter village for the Nimpkish people. It was also the home of Katherine OBrien and Miss Kate Dibben, two English ladies who operated a small mission outpost and preventorium for native children suffering from tuberculosis. The Mamalilikulla Indian Day School which doubled as the Village Island Church came under the jurisdiction of Indian Affairs and it was their responsibility to provide a school teacher for the resident children. In the fall of 1935, hesitant and shocked by the primitive facilities she encountered, a youthful Hughina Bowden, fresh from Royal Jubilee Nursing School in Victoria, started her first year as teacher-nurse in these surroundings. To her surprise, Hughina returned for a second year of isolation, and she regularly wrote long letters home to pass the time. Years later, she discovered those many letters in her late mothers belongings and wrote a series of stories read regularly on CBC radio. In 1985, widowed with a family of three adult daughters, Hughina returned to Alert Bay. Village Island, she was told, had