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Video: Bringing the Ancestors Home

Hereditary chief Harvey Humchitt from the Heiltsuk First Nation describes what it felt like to have ancestral remains brought home for reburial.

[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.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve8GampZBBQ[/video]

Read the first in this series:

British Columbia's Enduring Central Coast