History turns into mystery when the authors, Wade Baker and Mary Tasi, begin to research the oral stories about Wade Baker's ancestor, Third Lieutenant Joseph Baker, mapmaker on HMS Discovery. Memories from Coast Salish and Hawaiian elders lead to authentic stories about Captain Vancouver and his officer's relationships with chiefs, kings and queens in North American and Hawaii.
When the research started, the authors did not realize how extensively this important piece of Pacific West Coast history had been mysteriously airbrushed from historical records. Over eight years of investigation with museums around the world, as well as many conversations with Maui and Vancouver elders, reveal a very different Captain Vancouver than the man described in mainstream history. Stories revealed about the respectful social and trading relationships with the native peoples are compelling, moving and insightful.
This book will forever change how you think about the indigenous people and their history, and brings understanding to the profound effects that the later distortions of those times had on the subconscious beliefs we carry today. The 1780s to the early 1800s was a time of high-level friendships between cultures, and an era of spiritual and mystical values about the land, water and air. This open-hearted adventure is an inspiration for these times and a call to the reader to pick up the torch and continue the journey.