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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Beryl Mildred Cryer

Beryl Mildred Cryer was born Beryl Mildred Halhed in 1889 in Auckland, New Zealand. Her family immigrated to British Columbia, eventually settling down in the town of Chemainus where she married William Claude Cryer, a local businessman, and had one child. In addition to many newspaper articles on aboriginal myths and history, she published one small book, Legends of the Cowichans, in 1949. She died in Welland, Ontario in 1980.

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Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand

“…an engrossing and delightful book.”

— Georgia Straight

“With her inclusion of contextual references, time- and community-based specificities, and political subjectivities, Cryer’s collection is perfectly positioned for a Hul’q‘umi’num’ Coast Salish-centered critical lens to be theorized and historicized from the work.”

— Canadian Literature

“A book that provides some of the best accounts of Coast Salish mythology available.”

— BC Studies

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