Video: Bringing the Ancestors Home

Kai Nagata and Stephanie Brown,

[Editor’s Note: Often passed, seldom visited by outsiders, British Columbia’s Central Coast is home to the continent’s longest-settled places and most enduring peoples. In 2012, a special team of Tyee Solutions Society reporters spent some time there. What they found there was a land and culture that has thrived for thousands of years. These are some of those stories. This reporting was produced by Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI). TCI neither influences nor endorses the particular content of TSS’s reporting.]

In this video, Wqivilba Wakas, hereditary chief Harvey Humchitt from the Heiltsuk First Nation, describes what it felt like to have Heiltsuk ancestral remains brought home for reburial. Archaeologists took the remains 40 years ago.

Read the first in this series:

British Columbia's Enduring Central Coast

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People have to change with the times, just as the old leaves blow away and new leaves appear, change is inevitable. Tradition is like going home for Christmas , lets let tradition be tradition without exploiting . We all have our own and different traditions. THE EARTH DOESN'T BELONG TO PEOPLE ,, PEOPLE BELONG TO THE EARTH as quoted The breathing earth. The singing earth. To the Lakota what has breath has spirit, and the earth is a living breathing being, a grandmother. It is a reminder that we human beings belong to the earth. The earth doesn’t belong to people. In the Lakota language, Lahkol’iya, the earth is called Makoċė, grandmother. And she is honored as such.