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Heiltsuk Nuyems

Wamanica Tanka Makoce

Episode 9 Synopsis

Dr. Rudy sends Jen and Jacob on unique information-gathering missions: Jen to observe sea otters and Jacob to snorkel in a sea kelp forest. Both are surprised to learn the integral role that these creatures and rich marine ecology played in shaping ancient coastal migration. Then with archaeologist Elroy White as their guide, the team gets to witness the power of Heiltsuk nuyems—oral stories passed down through the generations to Elroy about his territory, while visiting a traditional Big House, exploring an underground Potlatch site and finding stunning rock art and carvings!

Owanyanka pi Onapcunka – Iyohpiya Wayaka pi

Dr. Rudy, Jen, jacob kci wicohan toktokca wicak’u. Jen he mni pizeda hena wayake kte hehan Jacob is mni ohna wato ode ye kte osi. Napin tasag ktepi, tokedked taku owas icage kin makoce kin hed. Hehan makoce owaunspe wicasta, Elroy White kci, iyohpiya Heiltsuk oyate etanhan wicoiye oyakapi wasteste nah’unpi. Hed nakun tipi tanka wanji ed waecunpi. Nina iyokipipi. Inyan akan owapi q’a takunkun waste kagapi!


Elroy White
Central Coast Archaeologist
Mini tan isakib cokaya makoce owaunspe wicasta

There is so much cover that the kelp actually creates its own ecosystem.

Mini tan peji can otanka se wanke.


Sea Otter Ecosystem

Mini Sunka Mini tan Makoce

The ecology of the Kelp Forest hinges on the sea otter. A vast and complex web forms when the sea otter controls the ravenous appetite of sea urchins, who love to eat kelp. Left to thrive, the kelp flourishes and an underwater forest explodes with countless marine life. The sea otter’s importance is matched only by its cuteness.

Can mini mahed icaga ce kin hena sea urchin yuta ce, hece sea otter kin he isto sea urchin he yute ce. Heca can kin hena mini wabduska kin, clams hena can kin ota kahan hena ija ota pi pte.

Framing Coastal Life

Mini tanka isakib wiconi

The traditional Heiltsuk Big House was the centre of the potlach, a focus for learning, living and sharing among Coastal Nations. Constructed with wooded pegs and without nails, the Big House embodies the majesty of the Pacific Rainforest with its massive cedar logs, powerful imagery and towering totems.

Ikce wicasta mini isakib tib hena tipi can hanska yuhapi. Can sa tankahce unpi nakun can owapi kin hena ija Ikce Wicasta mini isakib tib hena wiconi tawapi. Can sa pi kin hena nina hanska qa tonka pi.


It’s hard to put into words what you feel when you are sitting in such a historical place

Ehana hce tukted taku iyeya pi kinhan wicoiye nina otehike.

The Drum Log

Cancaga Can Akan Iyotakapi

Entering the Big house, the dimly lit, smoky interior and the noisy din of crowds center on the Drum Log where the Elders sit. This is where the music and stories begin. This is where teaching and traditional knowledge spring from. This is where the Potlatch is focused, the ceremony connecting territories and Nations sharing the riches of the Pacific Coast under the towering rainforest canopy overlooking the sea.

Tipi hanska kin mahed tokiya yai kanhan timahed oyate pi kin yanka pi, kan pi hena is cokaya yankapi qa siceca qa wikoske qa koska pi kin kici yanka ba taku owas unspewicakiya pi. Nakun ahana wohdaka pi heca tecapi sdodya pte.

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