by W.S. Piper
We are just beginning to realize the charm and importance of Indian legends. "Too late, perhaps," wrote W.S. Piper when he first published this book in 1924, as many of the old-time Ojibways, who translated freely, had passed away. By pen and camera the author tried to preserve some of the stories told to him years ago by his Indian friends, Chief Skeet, Luke Bushy, Chief Penassie, Chief Blackstone, and Joe Turtle, among others. There is an unmistakable fascination about Indian legends which is greatly increased when they are heard amidst the surroundings that gave them birth.
William Samuel Piper was born in Kircubbin, Ireland, in 1863 and emigrated to Canada with his family nine years later, settling on a farm near Wardsville, Ontario. An enterprising young man, he left home at 18 and traveled west to Fort Garry and later to Fort William where he opened a hardware business. His love of exploration led him to travel the countryside extensively, and he developed many close relationships with the Indian people of Northwestern Ontario. W.S. Piper died in 1927.
6" x 9", 134 p. and 29 images