like the Ghost Husband, also connects the people of Húy̓at to our ancestors. It was told by the late Cecil Reid during an interview by Elizabeth Brown and Saul Brown (Heiltsuk Marine Indigenous Law Project, 2015).
"Húy̓at. There was a ladder there and if you went down that’s where the dead Haíɫzaqv lived. Have you ever heard that? We never knew much about it, uh but the dead Haíɫzaqv mingled with the live ones all the time. At one time the dead Haíɫzaqv member went to her relatives and she had a beautiful baby. So the Haíɫzaqv picked the baby up and you know how we treat babies hey? He was making a big fuss over it and he looked and the baby had no eyes. He got so startled and he threw the baby across the room and the mother was so angry, she was also uh, from the dead and she said, 'we are not going to live among you anymore’ and that’s when that ended.
I always found that interesting because that apparently is why our people believe that if you burn toast, you can’t eat it because the people who do eat it are the dead Haíɫzaqv. The same with, they can’t eat anymore, because they obviously have no stomachs. The story was that, whenever there was smoke coming out of the stove they would inhale it as quickly as possible because that is how the dead lived. Yeah, so there you go."
- Cecil Reid