Kaxi:ks; Nuu-cha-nulth name for the Walbran River

 

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The Nuu-cha-nulth name for the Walbran River, Kaxi;ks, which translates as ‘Big River’ is taken from Between Ports Alberni and Renfrew by Eugene Arima and Denis St Clair, Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, 1991. The above map, which is adapted with permission, also shows the village site of Qwa-ba-diwa which is located near the mouth of the Caramanah Creek. The First Nations families from there are attempting to get their main form of transport to and from the old village site repaired and the FoCW has been  helping them. The boat was damaged in a wind storm in August 2015; the aluminum has recently been welded but now it needs help with the following, a new/used marine radio, a new/used depth sounder/GPS and a marine compass. It also needs the 5hp Yamaha ‘kicker’ outboard rebuilt as it has suffered damage from salt water. Contact us by email if you can help and any funds are also appreciated, donate to our Gofundme  and tag it as ‘boat repair’. Thanks.

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Carmanah And Her Hereditary Guardians: A narrative account by HIS-TAH-TOO-QUAH (1992)

In July 1984 while camping with my parents Frank and Susan Knighton, my father told my wife Monique and I the story of how we, the hereditary guardians of Carmanah, came not only to own and use this place but to occupy it as the centre of our homeland.

In years gone by there was a Black Face Dance help at Tattoosh Island.  This was the permanent home of out very very long ago ancestors.  Tattoosh Island is just off Cape Flattery, the northernmost point of the Olympic Peninsula in what is known as Washington State, directly across the Straight of Juan de Fuca from Carmanah on the southwest coast of what is now known as Vancouver Island.  In those very ancient times Carmanah and other points of both sides of the waters were owned by our family and used in the cyclic pattern of the life of out people

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