The big house at Koeye, home to a Heiltsuk cultural camp for youth.
This rock painting, found within Heiltsuk traditional territory in Port John, appears
to depict a human figure in a canoe — next to a large fish or whale. Photo: Kai Nagata.
Almost every form of life on BC’s Central Coast depends on nourishment from the
sea. Photo: Kai Nagata.
Here, even wolves go fishing. These prints turned up on Calvert Island during the
team’s visit. Photo: Kai Nagata.
In Bella Bella, Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt prepares to clean a
rock cod. Photo: Kai Nagata.
Across town, the Duncan-McConechy family is home-canning fresh sockeye.
Photo: Stephanie Brown.
The remnants are left out for ravens and eagles. Photo: Kai Nagata.
On a trail several hundred metres inland, a stray chunk of fish is quietly becoming
fertilizer. Fish becomes land. Photo: Kai Nagata.
At the Good Hope cannery in Rivers Inlet, punch cards were the old-fashioned way
to keep track of workers’ output.
Back in Bella Bella, the N’usi Seafood processing plant has been renovated and
reopened, suddenly employing 85 people. Photo: Stephanie Brown.
In nearby Evans Arm, Heiltsuk Archaeologist Xanius, Elroy White, stands inside
an ancient but well-preserved stone salmon trap. Photo: Stephanie Brown.