“There was a woman of the Nimkish who was taken as a slave in war. She was with child and her master ordered he child to be killed at birth if it was a boy. She was desperate and didn’t know what to do. One day, as she washed clothes by a lake, a supernatural being from the lake gave her a copper plate. When it was face down it became night and face up, it became day. Thus, when a boy was born to her, she turned the copper plate face down and it became night in the middle of the day and her master could not see the child and by this ruse, he was saved. The boy then went to search for his father and found he had left to go to the Feather Mountain to get feathers for a ceremony of the Comox. He joined his father on Feather Mountain and met Thunderbird who made his Head Winter Dancer and said to him, ‘each winter shall the Lords of the Thunderbird gather and you shall be their Head Dancer’. And so it was”.
(As published in The Thunderbird Journal, Summer 1984)