Photo Gallery

Hata7 ~ Laurie Patrick, fishing
Hata7 ~ Laurie Patrick, fishing

All St'at'imc communities fish along the Fraser river, near the confluence of the Bridge River

Mala ~ Ida Peter drying salmon
Mala ~ Ida Peter drying salmon

Ts'wan, wind dried salmon has sustained St'at'imc people for thousands of years

Ts'wan - wind dried salmon
Ts'wan - wind dried salmon

In August, the salmon return. The summer heat in Lillooet can reach 40 degrees Celsius, in the shade! St'at'imc have always been a wealthy tribe, trading ts'wan with their neighbours.

Mountain top ceremony
Mountain top ceremony

On top of 'Womans mountain', participants of the annual culture camp sing songs and dance.

Keeping the culture alive
Keeping the culture alive

Xwelacken, Howard Sheilds teaching youth at St'at'imc culture camp. Chipping obsidian to make razor sharp arrow heads.

Living off the land
Living off the land

Danielle Jacobs Alexander, learning how to skin a deer at culture camp

Chief Art Adolph, Keatley creek
Chief Art Adolph, Keatley creek

Visiting an ancient village site.

Keatley creek, ancient village
Keatley creek, ancient village

Keatley Creek is a large St'at'imc pithouse village site. Occupied between about 2600 and 400 years ago (ca 350 BC-AD 1600), Keatley Creek was a winter salmon-fishing village of at least 115 houses, with an estimated peak population of some 1200 people. Photo by Scott Taylor

Chief Art Adolph, Xaxlip graveyard
Chief Art Adolph, Xaxlip graveyard

Kukwpi7 (Chief) Art Adolph, visiting his grandfathers grave in Xaxlip. His Grandfather, Chief Fransois Thomas Adolph, signed the declaration of the Lillooet tribe in 1911.

Drumming and singing
Drumming and singing

St'at'imc songs enrich the film, and tell stories of the land and the people.

Annual St'at'imc gathering
Annual St'at'imc gathering

Every year the St'at'imc Nation gathers to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of the Lillooet Tribe, signed May 10, 1911

100 drums
100 drums

On May 10th, 2011, the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of the Lillooet Tribe, there was over 100 drums in the circle! The children danced to the Eagle Song and prayed for the next 100 years.

Spirit of the People