Haisla Legends

This book “H’aisla Legends” by Gordon Robinson of Kitamaat Village, B.C., was recorded into print for the first time in history from oral transmission through the ages. Gordon was a qualified school teacher graduating from Surpass College in Vancouver, and was a H’aisla historian. The true authors of the legends belong to the past. Published by Mark and Dale Robinson.
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About Gordon Robinson

Gordon Robinson was born in Kitamaat Village on October 1, 1918. His people, the Haisla are a branch of the Kwakiutl enthno-linguistic group of people. The Haisla are also a part of the Wakashan linguistical group along with the Heiltsuk and Oweekeno. Kitamaat means 'People of the Snow' for the snowfall in the area was very great.

Gordon completed public school at Kitamaat then attended Coqualeetza Residential School at Sardis, B.C. He obtained a teaching diploma at Surpass College in Vancouver.

In 1949 he became Assistant Superintendent of the Kwakiutl Indian Agency at Alert Bay.

Gordon also served as Chief Councillor of Kitamaat Village from 1950-1954.

Before his retirement Gordon worked for the Department of Indian Affairs and was on the board of directors for the Kitimat Stikine Regional District.

Gordon passed away before he could update the booklet 'Tales of Kitamaat' with additional stories. Mark Robinson Gordon's son and Dale Robinson Gordon's nephew decided to complete the task and bring these timeless legends and stories.

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