The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets

Joseph Dandurand, Simon Daniel James


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“Deep in the thickest part of a cedar forest there lived a young Sasquatch. He was over nine feet tall and his feet were about size twenty. He had long brown hair that covered all of his body. His hands were so big and his arms so long he could wrap them around the biggest of the cedar trees. He had been born here many years ago and he did not know his parents, as they had been scared away by a great fire. He was left on his own and he had survived by eating berries and he had grown into the Sasquatch he now was…”

So begins this charming story for children by Kwantlen storyteller Joseph Dandurand. The Sasquatch, spirit of the great cedar forest, eludes human hunters, falls in love, fathers a lovely daughter and saves his little family from a forest fire by dousing the flames with water stored in baskets carefully woven by his mate.

The story is told with grace and simplicity by a master storyteller in the great tradition of the Kwantlen people. Accompanied by whimsical illustrations from Kwakwaka’wakw artist Simon Daniel James, The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets is a delightful book for any age!

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2020, PB, 32 pages

ISBN 9780889713765


Joseph A. Dandurand is a Kwantlen poet, playwright and father from the Fort Langley band in British Columbia. He received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. His produced plays include Shake (published by skyuks press 2003.), Crackers and Soup (1994), No Totem for My Story (1995), Where Two Rivers Meet (1995), and Please Don’t Touch the Indians (1998).

Joseph has been a Playwright-in-Residence for the Museum of Civilization in Hull, in 1995 and for Native Earth in Toronto in 1996. Joseph was also Playwright in Residence at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, in the fall of 2008.

He is also the Heritage/Lands Officer for his people and has been performing his duties for 14 years now. He has been tasked with protecting his people’s heritage from the many destructive elements of development in the Kwantlen territory.

Joseph loves to fish.
He loves to write plays.
He loves to write books of poetry.
He also loves to watch is daughter Danessa play soccer and hockey.
Joseph is also deeply in love with and follows his rich culture.
It is his and his family’s medicine and it carries them thru the winters and into the spring time when the fish start to come back into the river.


Winadzi (aka Simon Daniel James) has been carving for over 30 years after a lengthy commercial fishing career.

His artistic talents started at a very young age and he has been developing his technique since then. Painting, carving, sculpting and animation are just some of the arts for which Winadzi is known. He has created several artworks for galleries in North America and has traveled extensively as an artist to many art shows and artistic events.

Winadzi is a co-creator of the “Raven Tales” animated television show and creator of Raven, Eagle and Frog.

Winadzi was invited to carve totem poles in Japan in the summer of 2001 and spent three months there at the Fukushima Future Expo. This was one of his most enjoyable events and eventually he found the love of his life in Fukushima and married his wife Naomi who is from there. Now living on Bowen Island since 2007 with his wife and their baby boy Ryu James and his sister Mizuki, Winadzi intends to create new artwork inspired by his new home, his new family and his new look at life. Recently Winadzi has been creating craft projects and legacy carvings for schools in many districts.



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