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Published on Oct 1, 2007
Hesquiaht Chiefs perform at the memorial potlatch held in honor of Wawmeesh, George Watts of the Tseshaht First Nation. This is a hinkeets (sea serpent headdress) dance.
The family of the late Wawmeesh (George Watts) held a grand three day potlatch in November 2006 attended by thousands in honor of an amazing person. The potlatch was about 45 hrs throughout the three days. George touched the lives of many, and was an amazing family man.
The Hesquiaht Chiefs were one of many nations to bring out their Huupuukwanum (Treasures of the chief) during this 3 day memorial potatch.
Note: Hesquiaht and Tseshaht are members of the Nuuchahnulth Tribal Council, which is made up of about 14 nations all along the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Nuu-chah-nulth translates to All along the mountains and sea. This name shows how nuuchahnulth are very rich with the abundance of natural resources available to them. Nuuchahnulth have survived on the west coast of vancouver island for thousands of years.