Why: My son & I have been reading Little House on the Prairie, which has some negative things to say about Native Americans. I'd like to read this as an antidote. A friend had this to say about it: "Hillary Stewart (she's written many resource books on the NW coastal Indians) annotated this journal kept by a young man who was held captive by the Nootka on Vancouver Island from 1803 to 1805. His observations of daily life, descriptions of the houses, canoes, clothing, and the tools for daily living and reflections about his experience captured my imagination and kindled a new interest in learning about NW coast history. A pleasure from cover to cover!"