Skookum Wa-Wa "Good Talk" by W. L. Webber
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Published by Lumberman Printing Co., in 1945. This book contains writing by W. L. Webber and illustrations by Ross Watson.
skukum wawa means typically ‘to shout’ or ‘to “chew out”, to chastise’.
Who was William L. Webber? He owned a souvenir store on Granville Street from 1923 to 1952. His first location was near Cordova and then he moved south to the Commodore. According to the brochure, entitled The Thunderbird, The Scenery Shop sold all kinds of First Nations-inspired trinkets that would probably be offensive to today’s aboriginals. (ie, “Two-inch Thunderbird brooch drives away evil spirits. 50 cents.”)
Despite overseeing racks and racks of knick knacks, Webber does appear to have been genuinely interested in the indigenous people of the West Coast. He wrote at least two books on the subject: The Thunder Bird “Tootooch” Legends: Folk Tales of the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast Indians and Skookum Wa-wa, Good Talk.
Webber also donated important First Nations artifacts to the Museum of Vancouver.
Softcover: 94 pages
Publisher: W. L. Webber; Vancouver, B. C., 1945
Shipping weight: 499g
Out of print
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