The Ktunaxa have occupied their Territory since time immemorial, and they have deep spiritual, cultural and social connections to the land and the water. Their relationship to the land and water, including all living things, is supported by their oral histories and teachings. Their Creation Story follows the waterways within their Territory, highlighting the importance of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers; both being central to their worldview. Historically, Ktunaxa relied on a variety of plant and animal resources that were harvested throughout the Territory according to seasonal availability. They travelled well-known transportation routes through the mountains and rivers of the Kootenay region and had a complex, well-orchestrated seasonal round that reflected a deep understanding of the environment in which they lived. Alfred Joseph, a Knowledge Holder and Nasukin (Chief) of ʔakisq̓nuk, will be leading an interactive discussion facilitated by maps, photos and artifacts about the historic trails and transportation routes taken by Ktunaxa to move throughout their Territory.
Wed May 8th from 10:30 am to noon OR 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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