Uchucklesaht builds 35 foot community canoe for citizens to connect to their territory
Uchucklesaht builds 35 foot community canoe for citizens to connect to their territory

By Alexandra Mehl  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Port Alberni, BC – At the beginning of January, Hipolite Williams began carving a 35-foot canoe for Uchucklesaht Nation. Through winter, spring, summer, and fall, he and his apprentice, Cooper Styan, worked daily toward carving the red cedar canoe. The log, chosen by Williams and sourced from C?awak ?qin Forestry, was 45 feet long, 5 feet at the base, 3.5 to 4 feet at the top, weighing 16, 000 pounds, said Ryan Anaka, director of Lands and Resources for Uchucklesaht. “This one had a perfect half moon kind of shape on one side,” said Williams, who is a member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. “Each log, even if it looks perfect on the outside, changes when you open it up.” Williams, who’s been

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