Stó:lō Signal Podcast Season 2

Season 2 – Guided by our S’í:wes

In this season we are celebrating our s’í:wes or teachings. The ancient beliefs of Stó:lō people are layered throughout the land and language. This season, we will explore a set of Halq’eméylem principles that Naxaxalhts’i Sonny McHalsie has written down. Through his work recording oral history and language with Elders over the last several decades, he’s identified key phrases that have been repeated time and time again. These principles could be considered the guiding laws for our Stó:lō Way of Life. We’ll talk to Elders, youth and community members. We’ll even delve into the oral archives to hear from our honoured knowledge keepers about our history and our future.

S02E01: S’ólh Téméxw te íkw’elò: This is our Land

In this first episode of the season we explore: S’ólh Téméxw te íkw’elò. Xólhmet te mekw stám ít kwelát. This is our Land.  We have to take care of everything that belongs to us.


Xwelíqwiya Rena Point-Bolton

Naxaxalhts’i Sonny McHalsie

S02E02 Shxw’eywelh mestiyexw: A generous person

In this second episode of the season we explore: Shxw’eywelh mestiyexw “A generous person.” This teaching recalls not only the story of xepá​:y, a generous man who was transformed into a cedar tree, but the idea that knowledge is only important when you share it. Thank you to our guests for their generosity.

Guests: Iyoxweliya Val Joe and Naxaxalhts’i Sonny McHalsie

S02EP3 Xólhmet te mekw’ stam s’i:wes te selsila:lh chet: Take care of everything our great grandparents taught (showed) us.

In this third episode, the teaching reminds us of our responsibilities to seven generations past and seven generations forward. It also reminds us of the important Stó:lō concept of sqwélqwel.

Guests: Siyémches Terry Horne, Naxaxalhts’i Sonny McHalsie, Th’eláchiyatel Richard Malloway (from recording)

S02E04 This Is Who We Are. Storytelling and the oral tradition

In this fourth episode, we explore storytelling and the oral tradition and why it is important to our people. We welcome gifted storyteller Shóyshqwelwhet Gwen Point as she talks to us about Xepa:y, her grandmother and so much more.

Guests: Shóyshqwelwhet Gwen Point

S02E05 Xaxa stexw te selsila:lh te skwixw. Respect your ancestors’ name

In this fifth episode, we talk to members of the Roberts family from Ch’iyáqtel/Tzeachten about their ancestral names and how they received them. Xaxa stexw te selsila:lh te skwixw. Respect your ancestors’ name is still such an important Stó:lō principle.

Guests: Amelia Roberts, (Ts’x welméxw); Sherry Phillips-Roberts, (Kwéts’lexwiya:ot); Whispering Redmoon Roberts (Lhálheqem Tskwí:m Skw’exó:s); Littlecloud Roberts; (Axwíl shxw’áthetel)

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