In sii atla nis kwii sii yuk mit kin: The end of one journey is the beginning of another




Happynook, Tommy

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My thesis serves two purposes: First, my research addresses what I have come to recognize as colonial misunderstandings of nuu-chah-nulth ha'wiih. My research and writing invoke new ways of thinking about nuu-chah-nulth people, leaders and knowledge. I accomplish this by writing conversationally and by including unedited interviews and poetry. All of which require readers to consider my research outside of their usual perspective. Second, my research responds to a cultural need to archive important family knowledge while providing the opportunity to define, for outsiders, who we are. The interviews archive, in part, the knowledge and teachings of a cha-cha-tsi-us-aht ha'wilth. My analysis of this information shows that while my family’s knowledge comes from a common source. We all interpret that knowledge in our own way. My research is important academically and politically because of its ability to convey knowledge that has not been simplified, appropriated or colonized for public consumption.



Nuu-chah-nulth, Huu-ay-aht, ha'wilth, huu-puu-kwan-um, ha-hoolth-hee, ha-wilth-mis, hereditary chief, ha'wiih, Barkley Sound, Carnation Creek, cha-cha-tsi-us, First Nations, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Indians