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Homalco First Nation Working On Graphic Novel Depicting Historic Moments In Coast Salish History

Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 7:16 AM

By Jay Herrington

Host & Producer of Our Native Land through CHEK TV, professional TV Host, Journalist and Actor, Tchadas Leo will be part of the project. (PHOTO Tchadas Leo X, formerly Twitter)

The Homalco First Nation is working on a graphic novel depicting historic moments in Coast Salish history.

Set for release this summer, the project is designed to help revitalize traditional knowledge and local history to continue educating youth within the nation through comic art.

In a release, the Nation says the graphic novel is based on recordings of Homalco Elders from the early 90's that were then produced into a mini podcast series by The Raven, which is owned by the Homalco First Nation.

The Nation says the graphic novel is currently under production by three accomplished Indigenous graphic artists - Alina Pete, Valen Onstine, and and Gord Hill.

The project is being managed by award-winning podcaster and journalist Tchadas Leo, from the HFN, along with support from Elizabeth “Biz” Nijdam, a UBC Assistant Professor and Director of the UBC Comics Studies Cluster, and Education Without Border co-founders Cecil and Ruth Hershler.

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The word "éy7á7juuthem" means “Language of our People” and is the ancestral tongue of the Homalco, Tla’amin, Klahoose and K’ómoks First Nations, with dialectic differences in each community.

It is pronounced "eye-ya-jooth-hem."