First Nations History of Shiya'hwt (Ganges Village)

Archeologist Chris Arnett recalls the fascinating First Nations history of Ganges Village, known by the name of Shiya'hwt to its original inhabitants. For thousands of years Coast Salish people carried on their cultural traditions and harvested the areas abundant resources, until epidemics decimated their population and the coming of the Europeans changed their way of life forever. He shares his research, archival photos, artifacts, archeological studies and illustrations. He also interprets the evidence of burial sites around the Ganges and Grace Islet. A presentation of the Salt Spring Island Historical Society. October 8th, 2014. Video and photos courtesy of Peter Prince from Salt Spring Video.
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