Totem Poles and Tea

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Hughina Harold paints a powerful picture of a world that no longer exists in this compelling account of her experiences as a young teacher and nurse on the remote Broughton Archipelago on British Columbia's coast in the 1930s. Fresh from nursing school in Victoria and eager to start work, Harold could not have imagined the challenges that awaited her in the tiny village of Mamalilikulla. Leaving the comforts of Victoria behind for a cold, leaky floathome that she shared with two elderly missionaries, she had to adapt quickly to her new circumstances.

Transported in unreliable boats to remote outposts to treat the sick, attending births in the most primitive conditions, and teaching—from standard, middle-class textbooks—children who had never even seen a car, this gutsy young woman rose to the challenge. The clash of cultures Hughina experienced was extreme, but through it she developed a new understanding of the people she had been sent to teach and treat, discovering their age-old traditions and witnessing "things that should not be forgotten."

Written decades later and based on letters Harold had written home, Totem Poles and Tea—updated in this second edition with original photos from the Harold family collection—ensures that her memories will be preserved.

 

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Contents

Three Inches East of Alert Bay
1
The Ravens Journey
10
Marooned
17
The G A s
26
Rescued
33
The Golden Smile
40
Do Re Mi
49
Lonely Beach
58
Emma
109
The Search
118
Another Cup of Tea?
124
S O S
131
Weather Whether or Not
136
Mrs Oiens Entertains
154
Our Darling
172
The Radio and the Maple Tree
185

Two Small Ripples
68
Ada
77
Simoom
89
Horse Pants and Rattlesnake Boots
99
Beware Pass
201
Final Episode
215
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