Books

13. Tall Ship Rigging. Lady Washington2015[1] copy

Explorers and First Nations described in new book

 

Sky Spirit Studio Books was founded in 2014 by Wade Baker and Mary Tasi.  The publishing company focuses on stories about hidden histories and leadership in history, politics and exploration.

2017 Schedule of presentations

  • January 19th, 6pm – Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • January 28th – Seattle Boat Show Author’s Book – Captain’s Nautical
  • April 7th/8th – North Shore Writers Festival Event – City of North Vancouver City Hall
  • April 13th – Burnaby Business Women’s Association
  • May 17th, 7pm – City of North Vancouver Library

The Hidden Journals

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HJfrontHistory turns into mystery when the authors begin to research the oral stories about Wade Baker’s ancestor, Third Lieutenant Joseph Baker, mapmaker on HMS Discovery.  Memories from Grannie Lizzie and other Coast Salish and Hawaiian elders lead to authentic stories about Captain Vancouver and his officers’ relationships with kings and queens in their kingdoms in North America and Hawaii.

When Wade and Mary started their research, they did not realize how extensively this important piece of Pacific West Coast history had been airbrushed from the records.  Over eight years of investigation with seven museums around the world, as well as many conversations with Maui and Vancouver elders, uncovered a very different Captain Vancouver than the man described in mainstream history.  Stories revealed about the respectful interactions 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 this times had on the subconscious beliefs we carry today.  The 1790s 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.

“This is a story about the time of transition, when the waves were just meeting the shore. This book tells about re-connecting the hosted to the host. You have a story to tell, vastly different than the one commonly known.” -Clifford Naeole, Cultural Advisor, Maui

“I like the idea in this book that we must make space for other interpretations of these times. We have to transform history into light.” -Dr. Jack Lohman, Chief Executive Officer, Royal British Columbia Museum

“What Wade and Mary are writing is amazing. It is helping people connect.” -Debra Sparrow, Coast Salish  (Musqueam)  Elder, Vancouver. BC

“The authors have been very persistent in finding the real stories of those times. It is particularly important information they have discovered about the gracious and respectful manners of our royal women as described by Captain Vancouver. The true spirit of Aloha.” -Ma Kua Sam Ka’hai Kaai., Keeper of the Cultural Stories, Maui

Workshops

Princess Capilano Panel (Wade Baker copyright)[1]Along with the book, Wade and Mary conduct workshops and do presentations about this chapter in history, the process of writing a social history or about exploring the connections of ancestry and history.  If you are interested in holding a workshop, please contact us.

“It was such a pleasure to have Wade and Mary come to talk to our group of newcomers. Their friendliness, extensive knowledge, as well as the plethora of artefacts they brought with them really enabled our participants to not only learn about Aboriginal culture and history, but to connect similarities between aboriginal cultures as well as their own. Their time with us was engaging, informative and enjoyable for all involved. Thanks Mary and Wade!”  – Statement made by Adrienne Bale, Program Facilitator, Connections, YMCA of Greater Vancouver after the Aboriginal Art and Culture Event YMCA Connections on June 7th 2015 .

Spirit Memory

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This courageous true story takes you on a journey with a woman who leaves her successful business life in Ottawa, and moves to the west coast of Canada to immerse herself in the healing renaissance taking place amongst the Coast Salish First Nations. She marries Wade, a member of a prominent hereditary chieftanship family. In the process of helping him walk his healing path, she starts a spiritual archeological journey into her own suppressed royal European past. It is a very personal account of how ancestral issues across two cultures, and past DNA memory, spirit memory, affects decision making and life choices in the present.