Many Heiltsuk today feel deeply connected to Húy̓at.
For several families, this stems from their link to Cumqlaqs, the first ancestor ofHúy̓at village.
For others, this connection is through their relatives or their own time spent living in Húy̓at during the“Smokehouse Days”
— when they harvested the abundant salmon runs.
Hundreds of Heiltsuk today have familial connections to Húy̓at through Máǧaǧa.Máǧaǧa,
through her two marriages, and Emma Starr, Louisa Humchitt and others, raised many Heiltsuk grandchildren in Húy̓at, when their parents were fishing or working in the canneries. Many fondly remember Máǧaǧa directing the food-getting activities in Húy̓at, such as the construction and dismantling of fish traps, and the catching and processing of salmon. Several male Elders also recall that both Máǧaǧa and Louisa used to make baskets for them to collect berries, but that they often lost the baskets in the forest.
We are fortunate to have assembled photographs of four generations of our relations who lived in Húy̓at. There are many more people who have lived in Húy̓at than are mentioned here. We honour them all.
"You know, they weren't just common community members that kind of showed up to be there [in Húy̓at]; they were all distant relatives of each other that had rights to be where they were..."They weren't just there because there was a nice spot and lots of salmon, they were there because that's where they got their power from."
- Dúqva̓ísḷa William Housty
Click on a picture frame to learn more about the history of our relations in Húy̓at.