The Story Of This Project
The roots of this project are with the archaeology done at Qithyil, our ancestral site. Our people learned a great deal about our sqwélqwel, our true histories, from this work. During the digs, we discovered over 6,000 belongings. We call the artifacts, features, and other objects found in our ancient archaeological sites ‘belongings’ to denote that our ancestors made and used and curated them personally. They were owned and cared for and belonged to our people, and we intend to do the same for them today. These collections of belongings from Qithyil are held at three places: the Laboratory of Archaeology at the University of British Columbia, the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, and the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre.
Where Two Rivers Meet (Naxaxalhts'i "Sonny" McHalsie)View Transcript
[Lucille Hall]: Yeah it’s such a beautiful place, you know, where the rivers meet. Um, such a glorious, glorious place and it’s such a blessing there.
[Naxaxalhts’i ‘Sonny’ McHalsie]: Here at the mouth of the Harrison River and where the Harrison River and the Fraser River join together. It’s a really amazing and beautiful place to be because you can actually see where the two waters kind of meet and where they actually swirl together. So you can see the blue water, you can see the dark Fraser River water. You can see them kind of swirling together here.
[Andy Phillips]: The geographic location, the Anora Bay here and where the two rivers meet we have a historical history where the waterway was our, uh, roads back then and so we are probably very prosperous tribe before the smallpox epidemic came.