The Homalco Band has been making efforts over the past few years to reconnect to their traditional lands along the Orford River. The area is abundant with wildlife, being a prime location for grizzly bear viewing. The Band is working with their youth to create cultural experiences for the many visitors who are expected to enjoy this wonderful tour . For many living in coastal B.C., the opportunity is rare to travel up into these far away inlets to enjoy their outstanding beauty. Rarer still is the opportunity to visit a First Nations reserve and to experience an ancient culture . The tour will include the opportunity to paddle a traditional Salish design canoe,( WEATHER PERMITTING ) witness a demonstration of cedar weaving (and learn how to weave a simple piece), learn Homalco history, visit with a Homalco artist, peek in at a hatchery and visit the grizzly bear platforms. If local wildlife make an appearance that will be a SPECTACULAR bonus. ENJOY AN UNHURRIED AND RELAXING DAY ! But of special note will be a delicious traditional seafood feast ENDING YOUR DAY. This meal is sure to be a delight.
YOUR HOMALCO CULTURAL TOUR INCLUDES:
- TRADITIONAL HOMALCO WELCOME
- PADDLE A SALISH DESIGN CANOE
- LEARN TO WEAVE IN THE HOMALCO TRADITION
- LEARN HOMALCO HISTORY
- VISIT WITH A HOMALCO ARTIST
- TOUR OUR HATCHERY AND BEAR PLATFORMS
- ENJOY A WONDERFUL HOMALCO SEAFOOD FEAST
It has taken many years, but at last the Homalco Indian Band of Campbell River have come full circle; reclaiming their history on their own ancestral lands. Homalco means ‘people of turbulent, or fast running water’. The Homalco language is a Coast Salish dialect, and their core traditional territory extends from Dent Island to the vicinity of Raza Passage and includes all of Bute Inlet.
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