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tule (soft-stemmed bulrush)

Jared Qwustenuxun Williams, Cowichan knowledge
holder and Hul'q'umi'num' speaker
49.067755, -123.155135

Welcome song

Jared Qwustenuxun Williams

(Video Transcript) Brunswick Point, August 2022

Jared: I just want to raise my hands up to you today and to say welcome to Hwlhits'um. I want to share a song with you today. This is what we call a welcome song. Here we go, siem.


Jared: I just want to acknowledge that in yesteryear out here on the water there would be all these visitors here. All these other canoes would all have to arrive here. How would you know if they were here to visit or if they were here for war? If they were to sing this one song you knew they were here to visit, they weren't here for war. We had all these different songs so that whoever was here on the beach would know why you were here. So that's why I wanted to share this with you. So huy tseep q'u siem, huy steep q'u.