-by souNatassia Davies
(Originally posted on Facebook—see below— and republished with permission)
We made a thing! 💁🏽♀️ My mom (Shelley Davies) and I had the wonderful opportunity to design and paint a mural for the new gas station/Tim Hortons in Sooke on behalf of our nation, and after many months, I finally get to share it!
We wanted to acknowledge and celebrate our connection to the natural world by highlighting the things that play a large role in our culture. As a Coast Salish nation, water and salmon are a huge part of this, so we made that the primary focus.
The mural starts in the ocean on the short end of the building and transitions to the Sooke river on the long wall, all while following the journey of the salmon. Along the way, the mural also highlights orcas, herons, otters, eagles, and other animals, as well as our nation’s canoe and traditional camas bulb harvesting. It also showcases flora such as salmonberries, wild roses, thistle, salal, fern, huckleberries, and cedar, among others.
Because of these resources, our nation has thrived. As we look to the future and find new avenues of economic sustainability—such as the new building on which this is mounted—this mural stands as a reminder for us to stay rooted in culture and to honour that which has sustained us thus far.
Hychka to my nation and love to my mom. ♥️ What an incredible experience.