The Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive is a community driven research project intended to stimulate discussion and cultural renewal in partnership with diverse Nuu-chah-nulth community members. We are in the process of researching, locating and properly identifying thousands of Nuu-chah-nulth ancestral treasures, audio recordings, photographs and cultural documents that are currently being held in museums, institutions and private collections all over the world. This is a space to build deeper relationships between these collections and the knowledge held in our local and urban communities. Select material is open to the public but access to the content on the rest of the website requires a login so that material can be shared privately between Nuu-chah-nulth community members.

The nuučaan̓uł cultural family

nuučaan̓uł means “all along the mountains and sea” in our language. In the nuučaan̓uł territory, there are 15 nations recognized as nuučaan̓ułatḥ and they can be categorized into three different regions.

p̓aačiinaʔatḥ (Pacheedaht)
niitiinaʔatḥ (Ditidaht)
ḥuučuqƛisʔatḥ (Uchucklesaht)
huuʕiiʔatḥ (Huu-ay-aht)
huupač̓asʔatḥ (Hupacasath)
c̓išaaʔatḥ (Tseshaht)
**** It should be noted that qʷidiččaʔa·tx̌ (Makah Tribe), which is located in Washington State is also recognized as a part the nuučaan̓uł cultural community.

tukʷaaʔatḥ (Toquaht)
yuułuʔitʔatḥ (Ucluelet)
ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht)
ʕaaḥuusʔatḥ (Ahousaht)
ḥiškʷiiʔatḥ (Hesquiaht)

ʔiiḥatisʔatḥ (Ehattesaht)
qaayuukʷatḥ/č̓iiqƛisʔatḥ (Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k’tles7et'h')
muwačatḥ/mačłaatḥ (Mowachat/Muchalaht)


You are encouraged to add your voice in the "comments" section of each item. Sharing your reflections will encourage others to do so too. We understand that different community members and families will have different teachings and beliefs. We hope to create a space that can hold many truths at once.

This project is funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts with the generous administrative support of the Carving on the Edge Festival Society.