The traditional language of the Snuneymuxw is Island Hul'q'umin'um'. For many years after English-speaking settlers came with their demands that the children learn English, only the Elders could speak the traditional language. There was fear that it would be forgotten, but the community is teaching and learning so they can speak again. We have created a visual dictionary so that you can see objects and actions related to this web site, and learn the Hul'q'umin'um' word by listening to an audio file.
The work of creating wool and blankets and weaving mats was done in the home. These items were important to the Snuneymuxw culture and their economy, and were primarily made by women.
The Snuneymuxw people celebrate their community with traditions and events. Winter ceremonies in the Big House feature masks and dances that tell the stories of the people and use the Hul'q'umin'um' language. Athletes show their skill and strength.
Food and Food Preparation
Fishing and harvesting shellfish, plants and berries were important jobs that the whole community helped with. Special containers were created to harvest and prepare the fresh foods and to store it through the winter.