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James Jefferies

James, who illustrated Ch'askin, was born in Sechelt, British Columbia, and has lived there all his life. He grew up in an artistic family; his mother, Corinne Jeffries, weaves Native baskets, and it was his cousin, Arnold Jones, who first taught him the art of carving wood twenty years ago. His career as a carver has continued since then, and he has worked on many carvings and totems in the Sechelt area, including those that stand in front of the Sechelt Community Hall. In the past ten years, he has also become an accomplished engraver of silver and gold.

Ch'askin: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4;

Ch'askin is the great thunderbird whose appearance heralds rumbling thunder, a darkening sky and flashes of lightning as well as good luck for the people of the Sechelt Nation.

This compelling book recounts how this enormous and awe-inspiring bird -- who looks like a golden eagle except much, much larger -- aided and protected the members of the Sechelt villages for many years in many ways. From helping Chief Spelmu'lh, the father of the Sechelt Nation, build both the first longhouse and the many villages of his people, to delivering goats and grizzly bears for the hungry people to eat and creating islands from pebbles for the tired Sechelt hunters to rest, the story of Ch'askin is a story of protection, friendship and respect for fellow living beings.

"The story is simple but beautiful in its description of the close relationship of Ch'askin and his chosen people...The illustrations enhance the story without overwhelming the sparse, flowing text." — Linda Irvine, Resource Links

"Told in the style of the oral tradition and beautifully illustrated in black and white, the story of Ch'askin comes to life." — BC Parent Magazine

Series Information
This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork

In Re-Print