Artist(s): Paul Ygartua

Native Heritage

Mural Routes Member(s): Chemainus Festival of Murals Society Completed: 1983

Dimensions: 15.4m x 5.2m (50’ x 20’)

Best Viewed: From across sidewalk on Mill Street.

“Historical Series #12: Native Heritage”

This immense mural is based on figures from the Native past and present in this area. Carved poles flank the central images of (left) Ce-who-latza, who was Chief of the Lyackson Village on Shingle Point, Valdes Island, as well as a constable of the Native Police and a Native pilot for the Royal Navy; (centre) former Chemainus Band Chief Clay-sa-luke; and (right), a Salish woman. One of the other figures is Mary Rice, top right.

A dozen bands of Cowichan people, part of the Coast Salish language group, occupied the Cowichan and Chemainus Valleys for many hundreds of years before Europeans came to settle the area. Here they developed the rich heritage and superb artistic traditions which they maintain today. Many descendants of these first people continue to live in and around Chemainus.

(Please drop by the Chemainus Visitors Centre to buy your Official Mural Guide. Proceeds from the sale go to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society).

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Location: Corner of Chemainus Rd., and Mill St., Chemainus BC. V0R1K0 Get Directions