The Seven Signs of Lekwungen in Victoria Category: News
Posted by Tom Westley on
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The Inner Harbour of Victoria is located in the heart of Lekwungen territory and has undergone significant changes in the last 150+ years. In 2004 a concept for a self-guided walkway around the Harbour promoting the artistic, historical, and cultural contributions of the Coast Salish people was developed by the City of Victoria, Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, Provincial Capital Commission, and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. The end result is a walkway consisting of seven bronze markers, created by Coast Salish artist Butch Dick, at culturally significant sites. The markers, known as the Signs of Lekwungen, depict enlarged versions of traditional spindle whorls, a tool used by Coast Salish women to spin wool. These were considered the foundation of a Coast Salish family. Through visiting these markers, one can learn about the land, its original culture, and the spirit of its people.