In Honour of ISTA
"In remembering Ista, I
remember Ista herself, how she showed her connection to the Creator by
decorating her blanket and dancing. I remember her through my own blanket,
and when I dance to her song in our potlatches that validate our ways
and connection to the Creator. I remember my grandmother, Skwucwlikwana
(she who invites others to feast) who climbed the mile-long hill at Ista
in order to protect what is left of our territory for me and my son,
and all of the forthcoming children who will be born into our struggle.
"Today We Pay Tribute to Skwucwlikwana"
We, as Nualkmc went to Nuxalknalus, to protect
our Valley of ISTA because it has a spiritual significance to the existence
of Nuxalk People.
Nuxalk & Squamish Potlatch – 2010
Hereditary Chiefs at the Nuxalk & Squamish
Potlatch, Chief Joe Mathias Centre, North Vancouver, 23 May 2010.
Right: Squamish dancers. In 1995 many of our Nuxalkmc chiefs, elders and activists were arrested on King Island for trying to stop the clearcut logging and destruction of ISTA. They were arrested and forcibly taken by RCMP to Vancouver to stand trial. During this time of hardship, the Squamish Nation welcomed them and gave them billetting in their homes.
the 15th Anniversary of the Nuxalk Stand at ISTA, the Squamish invited
the Nuxalkmc Dancers and Elders to their Bighouse to honour them. Also
the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Sxayilkin Siyamand and Squamish
Alhxixa (Penny and Cedric Billy) was celebrated.