Ways of Life

Feasts

The Nisg̱a’a hold feasts to commemorate events of social and community importance. Feasts most often commemorate totem pole raisings, the building of houses, giving of special names to individuals, dramatization of lineage crests, and the succession of rights to hunting and fishing grounds.

Feasts may range in size from small village events with a hundred people to huge inter-tribal gatherings involving more than one thousand guests. At large feasts, some invitees might travel from neighbouring tribes and nations hundreds of kilometres away from the Nass River.

In addition to eating, feasts typically include speech-making by chiefs and other senior community members, singing, drumming, and halayt dancing.