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Sacred stories of mythical battles part of climbing B.C.’s Stawamus Chief

Stawamus Chief near Squamish, BC. Photo: 604 Pulse.com

Stawamus Chief near Squamish, BC. Photo: 604 Pulse.com

by Geordon Omand, CTV News/The Canadian Press, September 21, 2015

SQUAMISH, B.C. — The Stawamus Chief on Canada’s West Coast is a world-renowned rock-climbing destination known for its beautiful multi-pitch routes and unrivalled crack-climbing pitches.

But many visiting outdoor enthusiasts are unaware that the iconic granite monolith also carries the scars of a legendary battle.

The region’s Squamish people tell of the mythical hero Xwech’taal vanquishing the double-headed sea serpent Sinulhkay before uniting the Squamish Nation. Read the rest of this entry

How to make a traditional Coast Salish Drum: Jorge Lewis Drum Maker

Coast Salish Unite to Protect Salish Sea

Oil tanker lurking in Burrard Inlet, where the Chevron refinery is located. Kinder Morgan's TransMountain pipeline terminates here and oil is loaded onto tankers.

Oil tanker lurking in Burrard Inlet, where the Chevron refinery is located. Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline terminates here and oil is loaded onto tankers.

Tribal chairmen issue statement against Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline expansion

Indian Country Today, Feb 17, 2014

The Lummi, Swinomish, Suquamish and Tulalip tribes of Washington, and the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Nations in British Columbia stand together to protect the Salish Sea. Our Coast Salish governments will not sit idle while Kinder Morgan’s proposed TransMountain Pipeline, and other energy-expansion and export projects, pose a threat to the environmental integrity of our sacred homelands and waters, our treaty and aboriginal rights, and our cultures and life ways. Read the rest of this entry