Naming the Harbour. a boat trip with Gitxaala Hereditary Leaders.

Gitxaala Nation has continually inhabited their territories for at least ten millennia on the north coast of what is now called British Columbia. During this time they greeted many new arrivals –from other indigenous peoples to early Europeans travelers, and contemporary immigrants. Throughout these encounters Gitxaala Nation has remained steadfast in making certain that the newcomers understood the nature of Gitxaala ownership, use, and occupancy of their traditional territories, which cover most of BC’s north coast. This video documents a boat trip taken with Gitxaala Hereditary leaders in May, 2008. In the video you will learn about the history of Gitxaala people in what we know today as Prince Rupert Harbour.


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Ethnographic Film Unit
Dept of Anthropology, UBC
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