ANCIENT VILLAGES AND TOTEM POLES OF THE NISG̱A'A

Preservation of Culture

This 2.5 minute video is an excerpt from an interview with the late Chief Rod Robinson, who held the Nisga’a chieftain name of Minee’eskw (the name has since been given to another chief). In it, he talks about why we need to preserve Nisga’a culture. He also speaks about the importance of the cedar tree to Nisga’a people.

Below the video clip, there is a brief description along with a “think” bubble that poses the question, “Can you think of parallels in other cultures?”

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Possible activities:

The video could be used as a springboard for inquiry into the significance of the totems/art objects to First Nations way of life, parallels in other cultures with written histories, and implications of their loss. Identify parallel situations in other cultures and inquire into efforts that have been implemented that are working to restore/reclaim/save historical artifacts.

It could be a springboard into a unit of study on the Nisga'a culture with a positive focus re-their efforts to reclaim their culture. Use this website and other sources to find out what Nisga’a people are trying to reclaim/restore/save.

It could be a spring board for action to make a difference (e.g., action to restore/save/reclaim historical artifacts). Consult with Nisga’a elders to learn how you might help in the Nisga’a people’s efforts to preserve their culture. With Nisga’a support, share ideas you think might work, select most acceptable and feasible, put these ideas into action, monitor progress, and refine efforts as needed to help preserve Nisga’a culture.