The appearance of the moon in February and March signaled the arrival of the herring. Since time immemorial, we Heiltsuk people have managed all of our territory with respect and reverence for the life it sustains, using knowledge of marine and land resources passed down for generations. This can be seen in our long history and relationship with herring. This species has been a cornerstone of Heiltsuk culture for thousands of years. It is our first harvest after our winter ceremonial season and marks our traditional new year.
Listen to Heiltsuk children singing a Herring Song here.
Image and audio courtesy the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre.