"Stephens, mount (5,665 feet), Q.C. Sd. . . . named by Vancouver after Sir Philip Stephens, secretary to the Admiralty. The mountain was named in July, 1792 . . . . Mount Stephens has a pointed summit which appears to be overhanging on the northeast side, and in clear weather, by its height and appearance, can be easily recognized among the surrounding mountains."
"The Gwawa'enuxw tribe lives in the village of Hegams, now known as Hopetown. The Gwawa'enuxw have always been taught that one of their First Ancestors was the great Thunderbird who roamed the heavens and made his home on K'we. One day, in another time, he descended from the mountain. When he reached the base of the mountain, he shed his Thunderbird form and became one of the first human ancestors of the tribe that eventually came to occupy the village of Hegams."
Chief Robert Joseph, Gwawa'enuxw tribe, 1998:18
Comparing Walter Phillips' works with photos, his accuracy of detail and proportion are evident. Since no photograph of this Welcome Figure is known, his woodcut is likely the only record of its existence.
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