Secwepemc Landmarks Project

The purpose of the Secwépemc Landmarks Project is to create awareness of Secwépemc traditional territory through the installation of approximately 100 trailhead posts, 8 Secwépemc Landmark sculptures modelled after Secwépemc Coyote Pillars, and 8 connected interpretive panels that feature Secwépemc oral histories, place names, culture and stories connected to the Shuswap Lakes region.

The trailhead posts have been carved by youth from Chief Atahm School (Adams Lake Band), Shihiya school (Splatsín), and four schools in School District No. 83 (Shuswap Middle School, Jackson, Sullivan, and South Canoe Outdoor School), under the instruction of Secwépemc storyteller Kenthen Thomas and Secwépemc carvers Hop You and Vern Clemah. These trailhead post is to highlight Secwépemc stories, voices, and relationships with the landscape from past, present, and future generations. The students’ carvings tell the stsptékwle (oral history) of “Coyote and the Salmon”, which Secwépemc storyteller Kenthen Thomas describes as telling the story of how Sek̓lep (Coyote) brought salmon to the Sxwesméllp (also known as Sxwetsméllp or Salmon Arm) area. The trailhead posts and landmarks are a deep reminder of the presence and significance of past, present, and future generations of Secwépemc communities and their relationship to lands and waters in the Pespeséllkwe caretaker area of Secwepemcúl̓ecw.

<who> Photo Credit: Jacob Sutra Brett </who>

<who> Photo Credit: Jacob Sutra Brett </who>

<who> Photo Credit: Jacob Sutra Brett </who>

<who> Photo Credit: Jacob Sutra Brett </who>

<who> Photo Credit: Jacob Sutra Brett </who>

<who> Photo Credit: Jacob Sutra Brett </who>

<who> Photo Credit: Jacob Sutra Brett </who>

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Secwepemc Landmarks Project

Secwepemc Landmarks Project

The purpose of the Secwépemc Landmarks Project is to create awareness of Secwépemc traditional territory through the installation of approximately 100 trailhead posts, 8 Secwépemc Landmark sculptures modelled after Secwépemc Coyote Pillars, and 8 connected interpretive panels that feature Secwépemc oral histories, place names, culture and stories connected to the Shuswap Lakes region.

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