The Wolf Children
or C̓úṃqḷaqs (Tsumcalaqs) story is one story not only rooted in the Húy̓at landscape, but also through C̓úṃqḷaqs’ family, connects Húy̓at to other places in Heiltsuk territory, such as Nulu and Goose Island. Many Coastal and Interior First Nations of British Columbia hold versions of the “Dog-Children” story, reflecting its deep antiquity. Among the Heiltsuk, some versions refer to the mountains that C̓úṃqḷaqs gave birth to as she travelled south from the Stikine. The name C̓uṃ́qlaqs translates as “house beam supporting figure”. In recent Heiltsuk history, the name was passed down from Peggy Housty to her daughter Norma Brown.
"The son [in the C̓úṃqḷaqs story] who made the [stone] trap in Húy̓at was Qáláguy̓uis (my late aunty Mabel Humchitt, a descendant of Wilfred Martin); [the] name later went to Mabel's daughter, late Dolly Bolton. He [Qáláguy̓uis] was a carver, so this is interesting, that he made a trap out of stone."
- Gíƛa Elroy White
Click to read multiple versions of the "Wolf Story" as reproduced in Franz Boas’ Bella Bella Tales (1932).
The Wolf Children