Walking Waterways : Guardianship of Land and Water in Dasiqox De Vries, Natasha
The Tsilhqot’in identify by two names : Tsilhqot’in meaning people of the river and Nenqayni meaning ‘people of the earth’.1 The Dasiqox area is and has been an important resource for drinking water, cultural practices, and food security. Through 150 years of colonialism complex forest management systems tied to Tsilhqot’in culture and use of the land were banned resulting in increasingly poor forest health. This has decreased the resiliency of the landscape as climate and resource pressures increase placing the waters of Dasiqox at risk. The establishment of Dasiqox by the Tsilhqot’in is to protect and improve on what remains, asserting their rights to steward the land. This project is focused on examining how landscape management and restoration practices in Dasiqox can be designed in ways that are self funding, support traditional land management practices, and allow visitors to participate in the restoration processes to better understand the cultural and ecological values of this place.
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