Salt Spring Island Historical Society
If There Is a Place, the People Have a Name for It.
Salt Spring Island, Ganges, Fulford Harbour, Mount Maxwell…these are familiar names to anyone who lives here. But there are other names, older names, rooted in ancient history that designate these same places. These names were given by indigenous people to describe crucial features of the land and how it is shaped, the resources on the land, or the history, stories and legends connected to that place. Such stories were very significant, since embedded in them were teachings that conveyed important cultural values, and essential lessons about how to behave in the world. From the names, we can gain a deeper understanding about the culture of the people who lived here for thousands of years.
On April 12, the multi-talented Christopher Arnett, PhD will share some of these names, their location and their import at the Salt Spring Island Historical Society’s program at Central Hall. Chris has lived on Salt Spring with his family for almost 30 years. He is the author of a number of books, including “The Terror of the Coast”, “Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand”, “They Write Their Dreams on Rock Forever”, and “4000 Years: A History of the Rainforest on the Southwest Coast of Vancouver Island”. His dissertation is on the Rock Art of the Nlaka’pamux. He has been working with Frank Neumann of the Salt Spring Island Archives to develop a new map which will illustrate the location of the place names he will discuss.
The program begins at 2:00 p.m. at Central Hall. All are welcome.