The Northwest Coast. With an Introduction By W.A. Katz.
by Swan, James.
Ye Galleon Press,
A Very Good plus tight copy in green cloth boards with light soiling to front board without dust jacket as issued. This copy is one of 1006 published copies but is not signed or numbered by the publisher Glen Adams. In 1852, James Swan settled for the first time in Washington, on the shore of Willapa Bay, then known as Shoalwater Bay. Swan lived on Shoalwater Bay until 1855. In 1857 he described the Bay and his experiences there in The Northwest Coast, Or, Three Years' Residence in Washington Territory, one of the earliest books about life in Washington. Swan learned the Chinook Jargon, a trade language that Northwest Coast Indians used to communicate between tribes and with non-Indians, as well as the Chehalis language the local Indians spoke among themselves. He spent long winter evenings conversing with the Indians and learning their history, legends, and way of life. The Northwest Coast includes detailed descriptions of Indian homes, crafts, hunting and fishing tools and techniques, religious ceremonies, songs, games, vocabularies of the Jargon and Chehalis languages, along with illustrations by Swan, who was an accomplished artist. The book also describes Swan's travels, often with Indian friends, around the Bay and its tributary rivers, to Chinook and Astoria on the Columbia River, and up the Pacific coast to Grays Harbor and the Quinault River. From Historylink.
Edition: First Printing of this First Reprint Edition
Book Id: 26453