That this native village , better known today as New Vancouver, exists is a testament to the vision and determination of one man.
A combination of government policy and economics resulted in many people leaving their villages for larger, one might say more Caucasian, places. The grandfather of our guide, Amy, was determined that his family would not be split apart.
Thanks to his determination and a lot of hard work, ten family members live at Tsatsisnukwomi year round.
In the summer, the population can skyrocket to around fifteen when other family members return for visits. Potlatches, which happen irregularly every few years can bring truly large crowds to the long house for days of festivities.
We stopped to learn more about this history and customs of the people and their home. Here’s some of what we saw. No photos in the long house, unfortunately.