Places - Ṯs̱aẕuulh Saahgáe / Big Camp

Places | Ts̱azuulh Saahgáe / Big Camp


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Tommy Attachie, 2005

Tommy Attachie, telling about the death of the Dreamer Adíshtl'íshe at Ts̱azuulh Saahgáe (Big Camp) in 1919, 2005.

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Charlie Dominic sings an Adíshtl'íshe song, 1979.

Charlie Dominic singing a song by the Dreamer Adíshtl'íshe, 1979.

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Ts̱azuulh Saahgáe means "Big Timber Creek." It is located on one of our main pack trails, which follows the Beatton River. We have maintained a major camping and gathering spot here for many generations.

In 1952, a forest fire swept through this area; many of our people were caught up in it and died. Despite the sadness we feel for the loss of our loved ones at Ts̱azuulh Saahgáe, we have recently resumed our traditional gatherings in this spot.

The Dreamer Adíshtl'íshe used to sing and pray with our people who were gathered here during Dreamers' Dances. Tommy Attachie tells the story of Adíshtl'íshe's death here at Ts̱azuulh Saahgáe in 1919. Tommy learned this story from the late Charlie Dominic, who witnessed Adíshtl'íshe's death. You can also listen to Charlie Dominic singing one of Adíshtl'íshe's songs.

Oil and gas pipelines have impacted this area in recent years. Through our Lands' Monitoring Program, we are taking steps to assert our rights to this land, and to preserve the graves of Adíshtl'íshe and our other ancestors who died in this area.