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February 05, 2024
Artists illustrate stories based on recordings elders made in the ’90s
In the middle of winter a young man is sent by his father to bathe in the river as part of a practice he is meant to complete every morning for one year as he comes of age.
This is just one of the stories depicted in a new graphic novel made by the Homalco First Nation, whose traditional territory stretches across Bute Inlet on the British Columbia coast about 200 kilometres north of Vancouver.
Alina Pete, who is from Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan but lives in Surrey, B.C., is writing and illustrating this story for the graphic novel that is meant to pass down traditional knowledge from Homalco elders.