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Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka) & Creation Story
Transcript of Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka) & Creation Story
Legends and Culture
of the nuu-chah-nulth
Nuu Chah Nulth
The people of Nuu Chah Nulth are very spiritual. They would pray before they did anything. They relied on the whales. When they went sperm whale hunting for example, the people would prepare for that hunt with prayer and prepare for cermonies. These whales were the main source of dietary food.
By: Mandy S, Karli B, and Matthew G
Legends, stories, dances and songs are used by the Nuu-chah-nulth people to transmit their cultural traditions and history and to express their relationship with the natural world. The Nuu-Chah-Nulth look at their elders and people of knowledge for experience and guidance. The role of the artist in Nuu-chah-nulth culture is to express the historical experience and spiritual beliefs of the people. Legends, dances, and masks all belong to certain families and cannot be used without permission. However, some of the songs are shared by families and are used up and down the coast.
In the way of peoples perspectives they saw that the way brought joy and survival. The way God created the great whales and every livings things and said that what he created was good. They treat the whales as there creators, the same way we treat God and worship him.
God and the First Nations are similar. Each have different beliefs, but they can be easily compared. God created us, so in ours eyes God is our Creator. For this First Nations group the Whales are their creators. Beliefs, legends, and dances are for Their Creator. The Nuu Chah Nulth Belief system evolved around natural limits and they had 4 Chiefs. Land Chief, Sky Chief, Water Chief, Beyond and Below the Horizon Chief
the moon spiritual beliefs
The moon was very important to the Nootka tribe, and it does a lot for the tribe. When the moon rises that was when they would make their connections to the moon. The Nuu-Chah-Nulth people have 13 moons in total. Their new year is on December 21.
Nootka had many legends and important Myths and Folklore. Some of the Mythical Figures are the Raven, the Mink, and also woman of the woods. Each have there own stories and their lessons. There is a tale of the Nuu-Chah-nulth about a raven and an octopus.
They had 4 spirit chiefs. The Chiefs are, Land Chief, Sky Chief, Water Chief, Beyond and Below the Horizon Chief. The Sky Chief was above and came down to the shallow parts of the earth and threw great handfuls of mud. Thus he made land giving home to the land chief. Also giving land to all of the generations in the tribe. leading back to millions of years ago.